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Lewis Carroll’s photographs of Agnes Weld, August 1857.

Agnes was Alfred Tennyson’s niece (the daughter of his sister-in-law). Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was a great admirer of Tennyson, and used his photographs of Agnes to obtain a meeting with the poet Laureate. Dodgson sent his photographs of Agnes to Tennyson, who thought “the portrait was indeed a gem.” A month later, Dodgson sent his visiting card to Mrs. Tennyson and wrote Artist of Agnes Grace and Little Red Riding-hood beneath his name. Dodgson’s portraits of Agnes succeeded in getting him a visit which would produce these photographs.