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The name Lewis Carroll conjures up vivid images of Alice and the White Rabbit; the Jabberwock with eyes of flame, and hunting the elusive Snark.
But the real man behind the pen name was Charles L. Dodgson, lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford, and successful amateur photographer.
Sitters for his portraits included famous names — like Michael Faraday and Alfred, Lord Tennyson — and the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell, whose daughter Alice inspired the famous stories.
Pepper's Ghost stage set up, Le Monde Illustré, 1862
Original illustration by John Tenniel , 1865
Painted by hand in the early 1900s, these Magic Lantern slides bring the Alice stories to life in fresh, vibrant colours.
Have a go at the Alice jigsaw puzzles (warning: they can be addictive!).
Take a look at Charles Dodgson's photographic equipment and more Lewis Carroll-themed objects in our collection.
Well-known gentleman photographer Charles Dodgson took portraits of the great and the good — and of his Oxford friends and their families.
Developed in the 17th century, magic lanterns used a lens, mirror and candle to project hand-painted glass slides onto a surface. In Lewis Carroll's time, magic lantern shows became an early form of cinema.
Take a look a all 24 hand-painted magic lantern slides showing scenes from Alice in Wonderland.
This rare surviving photograph by Charles Dodgson shows Annie Rogers and Mary Jackson as Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamund.
Postcard of Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) printed for the National Portrait Gallery.
A print of the now-extinct Dodo which featured in Lewis Carroll's Alice stories.
Despite his growing wealth and fame, Charles Dodgson was happy in later life to keep living and working at Christ Church College where he remained until his death in 1898.
This page is part of Alice’s Day 2021.
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