Most people can’t get enough of the real-life stories behind their favorite movies. One fantasy-film favorite took its inspiration from the relationship a wildly imaginative writer had with a little girl named Alice. Of course, we’re talking about the true story behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which has been adapted into several films throughout the years — including a 3D version by the count of creep, Tim Burton.
An 1862 boat trip is the site where Carroll first told 10-year-old Alice Liddell the story of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a surreal fantasy world. Carroll was a friend of the Liddell family and often entertained the children with fanciful tales. He also photographed Alice and her nine siblings, but the photos of Alice seem to suggest she was his favorite subject. Carroll claimed the fictional Alice was not based on a real child, despite the similarities.
For more photos of the real Alice, visit the National Portrait Gallery and Open Culture.
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