'Alethea' (Alice Liddell), 1872.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

'Alethea' (Alice Liddell), 1872.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of Alice Liddell (1852–1934) who, as a child, was photographed by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson). He wrote 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' for her. Alethea is an ancient Greek the word meaning honesty and sincerity. Cameron's photographic portraits are considered among the finest in the early history of photography. She set up a private studio at her Isle of Wight home at the age of 48, after her daughter gave her a camera, and she became expert at using the collodion wet-plate process. She used friends, servants and neighbours as subjects, including the scientists John Herschel and Charles Darwin, and the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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