Rare images of girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland to go on show in new photography exhibition

Rarely seen pictures of the girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland will go on show in a new exhibition about pioneers of photography.

Images of Alice Liddell as an adult will be shown alongside photos taken by author Lewis Carroll when she was a child, including one of the writer’s original negatives.

They are part of an exhibition dedicated to Carroll and three other Victorians, including Oscar Rejlander, dubbed the “father of Photoshop” for his technique of using several different negatives to create a single image.

Also included are the little-known Lady Clementina Hawarden and Julia Margaret Cameron, who photographed Liddell seven years after Carroll’s tale of the little girl who goes down a rabbit hole was published in 1865.

Carroll had come up with the story during a boat trip three years earlier to entertain his friend’s daughter Alice and her sisters, and started to write it down when she asked for a copy. It was an immediate bestseller and has never been out of print. It has been translated into more than 170 languages and has inspired films, plays and ballet.

Also among the exhibits is Rejlander’s Two Ways of Life, which was put together from 30 separate negatives, and a rare album of his images that was saved after the Government put an export bar on them in 2015.

In the show — Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography — visitors will be able to compare their different approaches to the same subject, with portraits of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Charles Darwin taken by both Cameron and Rejlander, and shots of actress Ellen Terry by Carroll and Cameron.

Phillip Prodger, the exhibition’s curator, said: “When people think of Victorian photography they sometimes think of stiff, fusty portraits of women in crinoline dresses and men in bowler hats. Victorian Giants is anything but.

“Here visitors can see the birth of an idea — raw, edgy, experimental — the Victorian avant-garde. The works of Cameron, Carroll, Hawarden and Rejlander forever changed thinking about photography and its expressive power. This show lays bare the creative energy and optimism that came with the birth of new ways of seeing.”

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography is at the National Portrait Gallery from March 1 to May 20. Visit npg.org.uk or call 020 7321 6600.

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