Shortly after Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church College, and his family arrived at Oxford University, Dodgson made their acquaintance. Located 54 miles from London, Oxford is situated on a gentle knoll at the meeting of the rivers Cherwell and Thames. Famous for its university, the city was fondly called the "City of Cathedrals."
Dodgson was immediately charmed with little Alice and sketched her within a couple days of their meeting. In the summer of 1862, a boating expedition consisting of the Liddell children, Charles Dodgson, and Robinson Duckworth marked the day when the tale of a little girl exploring a rabbit warren was born.
Image: Tinted photograph of Alice by Charles Dodgson. Beyond the Looking Glass. Colin Gordon. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982.