The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue Raisonné by Edward WakelingThe Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue Raisonné by Edward Wakeling

The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue Raisonné

byEdward WakelingForeword byElisabeth Mead

Hardcover | August 1, 2015

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Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. From 1856 to 1880, Carroll took around three thousand pictures, the majority of which were portraits of family, friends, and colleagues. He also sought out and photographed celebrities of the day, including Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Wilberforce, Michael Faraday, William Holman Hunt, Henry Taylor, George MacDonald, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Ellen Terry, John Everett Millais, Charlotte Yonge, and Prince Leopold. Carroll's remaining output includes images of landscapes and architecture, works of art, and skeletons; assisted self-portraits; and other miscellaneous pictures. Today, his photographs are highly prized and fetch enormous prices at auction.

This catalogue raisonné presents images of the nearly one thousand surviving photographs of Lewis Carroll—including many from private collections that have never been published—and provides information on their subjects/sitters, their locations, and the dates when they were taken, as well as extracts from Carroll's private diaries that mention his relevant photographic activity and background information concerning known prints. Edward Wakeling, an internationally recognized Carrollian scholar, has also reconstructed Carroll's lost register of his complete photographic opus. In addition to the catalogue, Wakeling discusses Carroll's activity as a photographer, his contacts with other Victorian art photographers, and his nude studies, and he provides a full listing of the contents of Carroll's various photographic albums. This is the most comprehensive study of Carroll's photography ever produced, and it will be a standard work for anyone studying Victorian photography and for Lewis Carroll's photographs in particular.

Edward Wakeling, a mathematician, is a former chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society in the United Kingdom and has been an active member for some forty years. He is also a member of various Lewis Carroll societies around the world. Wakeling has published many books and articles about Lewis Carroll, including Lewis Carroll, Photographer...
Title:The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue RaisonnéFormat:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 12.28 × 10.1 × 1.23 inPublished:August 1, 2015Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292767439

ISBN - 13:9780292767430


Table of Contents

Foreword by Elisabeth Mead


Introduction. "Mystic, Awful Was the Process": Charles L. Dodgson, Victorian Photographer

Collection Abbreviations and Short Titles

Catalogue Raisonné


  1. The Life of C. L. Dodgson: A Chronology
  2. Surviving Glass-Plate Negatives
  3. Photograph Albums and Handwritten Lists of Contents
  4. Cabinet Card Sets
  5. Nude Studies
  6. C. L. Dodgson and Contemporary Photographers

Selected Bibliography


Editorial Reviews

"Edward Wakeling is widely acknowledged as a world authority on Lewis Carroll, with his dedication to reconstituting the chronology of Dodgson’s photographic practice over the past fifteen years setting him apart from all other specialists. His catalogue raisonné is a welcome addition as it makes a significant contribution to the field and will become the standard reference work that will underpin future research and scholarship." - Roger Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University, Leicester