Lewis Carroll's favourite model could sell for £15,000 in London

Three photographs of Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, one of author Lewis Carroll's favourite models, are being auctioned at Bonhams collectible books sale on June 8.


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-
1898) aka Lewis Carroll

Alexandra was the daughter of the Dean of Durham who, for 15 years, also held a theological position at the University of Oxford where Carroll, a fellow of Christ Church, lectured in maths.

The three photos, captioned by Carroll himself, show Alexandra in Danish and Oriental costumes.  A keen photographer, Carroll considered these to be among his best work.

They were given to Alexandra by Carroll's brother, William, when she got married together with a copy of a The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, in which two of the photographs are reproduced. 

It is significant, perhaps, that only these two photographs of Xie and a couple of Alice Liddell, the model for Alice in Wonderland, were selected for the book.

The photographs together with the inscribed copy of the book are estimated between £10,000-15,000.


Alexandra Rhoda "Xie" Kitchin, photographed by Carroll

Also in the sale is a copy of the first published edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The first print run was not distributed because of a dispute over reproduction quality and ended up being sold in America. 

This copy will appear for sale at between £1,500-2,000.

 

 

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