CHARLES DODGSON [LEWIS CARROLL] LETTERS RELATING TO HIS PORTRAITS OF THE FAMILY OF REV. JAMES THRESHER, DATED 1875
[Lewis Carroll] group of 4 letters to the Reverend James Thresher, each written in purple ink and signed by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the letters dated March 2, 12, and 17, 1875 and October 3,1875; the March letters written from Christ Church, Oxford, the October one from Guildford; the content of the letters relates to the photographic portraits he took of the Thresher children, Mary, Lucy and Beta, on September 9 and 10, 1875: the March 17 letter on mourning stationery, Dodgson writes about the death of Reverend Thresher's Aunt, and inquires about obtaining some of the Thresher children's dresses to use in his photographic studio; the March 2 letter also inquires again about obtaining such garments. 11 photographs of the Thresher family are noted and reproduced in "'The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalogue Raisonne", by Edward Wakeling; (4)
To see Carroll's photographs, and cross references with Dodgson's diaries, see Wakeling, Edward, "The Photographs of Lewis Carroll, A Catalogue Raisonne," Texas University Press, 2015. For the images taken of the Thresher family see pp. 256 to 261 and Wakeling also references the inclusion of Beta Thresher in one of Dodgson's Cabinet Card sets on p. 299.
Thresher family by descent.
March 12 with slightly fading to ink, each with fold lines, some separating to fold lines of March 17 letter