Saint George and the Dragon

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Saint George and the Dragon


Lewis Carroll (British, 1832 - 1898)




June 26, 1875


Albumen silver print

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12.2 × 16.2 cm (4 13/16 × 6 3/8 in.)

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandand his other books, Carroll's photographs are fantasies starring the children of his friends. In this production, the Kitchin siblings enacted the romantic legend of Saint George, the patron saint of England, who slayed a child-eating dragon before it devoured a princess. George later married the rescued princess and converted her pagan town to Christianity. Using crude stagecraft to reference key plot points, Carroll condensed the entire legend into a single scene in which the princess appears as both damsel in distress and bride.


Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Photographs from the Sam Wagstaff Collection (November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986)
  • The Photographers' Gallery (London), November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986
In Focus: Making a Scene (June 30 to October 18, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 30 to October 18, 2009

Wakeling, Edward. The Photographs of Lewis Carroll: A Catalog Raisonné. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015), p. 248.