Charles Lutwidge

DODGSON (LEWIS CARROLL)

D.G.Rossetti
7th October, 1863


This photograph was taken on the same occasion as the group portrait. Dante Gabriel was 35 at the time, though he looks older. The portrait captures the melancholy voluptuary in the man, but not the charm and personal magnetism to which many testified. The length of time needed for photographic exposure has done much to encourage the fiction that Victorians were incapable of vivacity or light-heartedness.