Claims that the English author Lewis Carroll had an interest in sexualising young children will be countered in an exhibition of Victorian photography opening at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London next spring.
Victorian Giants: the Birth of Art Photography (1 March-20 May 2018) is to feature Carroll’s well-known portraits of a young Alice Liddell, the real model for his Alice in Wonderland, as well as the delicate original negatives. Less-familiar portraits of Liddell as a grown woman by Carroll and the pioneering British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron will also be included.
According to the curator Phillip Prodger, the aim is to “look at the intersections” between the four photographers included in the exhibition: Carroll, Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden. “Sometimes it’s the same sitter, sometimes it’s the same subject matter; for instance, how did all four approach children?” Prodger says.
Carroll, Cameron and Rejlander all photographed Lionel Tennyson, the grandson of the poet Alfred. Meanwhile, Hawarden, who was the daughter of an English admiral, captured her own children. These, and around 15 other images of children, will feature in the show. read more