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Saint George and the Dragon
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Lewis Carroll
June 26, 1875
Albumen silver print
4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in.
84.XP.458.15

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Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and 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.