A holiday photograph of Eastbourne beach, taken by one of the country’s most well-known literary figures, has sold for £5,250 at auction.
The snapshot, taken in 1883 by author Lewis Carroll, depicts a young girl standing on the beach with a bucket and spade. Although it is not known for definite who the girl is, experts think it to be family friend Eleanor Winifred Howes.
The photograph went under the hammer at Bonhams in London last week, where it was bought by a private collector for the four-figure sum.
The Alice in Wonderland author, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, was a frequent visitor to the town – so frequent, in fact, that a blue plaque was erected at 7 Lushington Road, where he often stayed.
The photograph, in which the girl is wearing a Victorian bathing costume and paddling in the shallow water, has a signed endorsement from Mr Carroll on the back which reads, “For Miss Symonds, from CL Dodgson, a memento of the beach at Eastbourne in the summer of 1883.”
A series of letters, books, manuscripts and maps by the Surrey-born author also sold at auction, with one hand-written letter in which he complains about the downside of fame, selling for an unexpected £11,825.