Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin as Chinese “Tea-Merchant” (on Duty), Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin as Chinese “Tea-Merchant” (on Duty)
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Carroll, Lewis: Xie (Alexandra) Kitchin as Chinese tea merchat, ca. 1876, Inv. Nr. 2003-5001/2/21769, National Media Museum, Bradford

Lewis Carroll

Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin as Chinese “Tea-Merchant” (on Duty), 1873


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19.8 x 15.2 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print
Inventory Number
St.F.78
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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The famous author of 'Alice in Wonderland' liked to photograph young girls. Alexandra 'Xie', his favourite model, is shown here sitting on tea chests as if on packed suitcases. Dressed in traditional Far Eastern costume, she is posing as a Chinese tea merchant. Lewis Carroll is thus alluding on the one hand to the expensive semi-luxury ingredient of British tea culture; on the other hand, the way the photo is staged bears witness to the beginnings of art photography. It is not reality that Carroll is portraying here, but a world he has created using authentic set pieces.

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Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin as Chinese “Tea-Merchant” (on Duty)
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© Städel Museum
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Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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  • Lewis Carroll: Alice im Wunderland

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