Alice was born in
London, one of ten children of Henry Liddell and his wife Lorina. Her father was Dean of Christ Church college in
Oxford. Dodgson was a mathematics
Fellow at the college. He was 24 years old when he met Alice on 25 April 1856. He was an expert photographer, and took a number of photographs of her.
Alice and her sisters Edith and Lorina took little trips with Dodgson. They had boating parties and other outdoor adventures. Dodgson told stories on these trips. He started the story of Alice in Wonderland during a boat trip on the
Thames on 4 July 1862. In 1864, his trips with the girls were brought to an end by their mother. It is not known why.
Alice grew up a refined young woman. She married Reginald Hargreaves in
Westminster Abbey in 1880. The couple lived in a country house in
Hampshire. Alice was a very capable person. She managed many servants. She arranged balls and parties. She had three sons. Two were killed in
World War I. Her husband never overcame this loss. He died in 1926.
Mrs. Hargreaves sold some of her Alice
Sotheby's. This sale included the original Alice manuscript. It had been the gift of Dodgson. It was bought by an American. It was returned to the
United Kingdom during
World War II. It now is in the
British Museum. Alice died in 1934 in
Kent. She was
cremated and buried in the Hargreaves family plot in