DescriptionLewis Carroll (British, 1832-1898)
Xie Kitchen, Sleepless, 1874
5-1/4 x 4 inches (13.3 x 10.2 cm)
Initialed in pencil lower center; titled and notated 'These are all Lewis Carroll photographs of mum / note by P.B. Cardew, the sitter's daughter / Xie Kitchen' in pencil mount verso.
Private collection, acquired from the above, January 2002.
D. Nickel, Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll, Yale University Press, 2002, pl. 44;
Edward Wakeling, The Photographs of Lewis Carroll, A Catalogue Raisonné, University of Texas Press, 2015, p. 244, IN-2250.
In Carroll's diary of June 22, 1874, he writes "On the 16th (Sat) Holiday arrived on a visit to me. On the 18th he fetched Xie Kitchin to be photographed, and I did a large one, full length lying on the sofa in a long night-gown, which Holiday arranged, about the best I have ever done of her."
Dry mounted to 6.5 x 4.25 inches, matted and framed under glass to 12 x 9.75 inches; this print remains in overall good condition, with a few tiny indents in the lower left corner visible only under raking light, and a pair of two faintly visible half-moon streaks through the girl's head and torso.
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