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The Rossetti family

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Chelsea, England (photographed)

  • Date:

    07/10/1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lewis Carroll, born 1832 - died 1898 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case X, shelf 799

This photograph shows the Rossetti family in the garden of Tudor House, 16 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London. This was the home of the painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Represented from left to right are Dante Gabriel, Christina and their mother Frances (both seated) and William Michael. Lewis Carroll, poet and mathematician, is best known as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He was introduced to Rossetti by his friend, the sculptor Alexander Munro. Photography was invented when Carroll was aged ten and he took it up as a hobby in his early twenties, specialising in pictures of young girls and famous people. He was pleased to be invited by Rossetti to use Tudor House as a venue for posing his sitters.

Place of Origin

Chelsea, England (photographed)


07/10/1863 (made)


Lewis Carroll, born 1832 - died 1898 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 20.2 cm, Width: 26.2 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph of the Rossetti family by Lewis Carroll, 1863.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2

Subjects depicted

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; Tudor House; Rossetti, Christina; Rossetti, William Michael; Rossetti, Frances


Photographs; Portraits

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