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Alexandra Rhoda Kitchin

Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 06, 1925 (60)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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Daughter of George William Kitchin and Alice Maud Taylor
Wife of Arthur Cardew
Mother of Penelope Beatrice Cardew; Christopher George Cardew; Richard Cornelius Arthur Cardew; Michael Ambrose Cardew; Philip Francis Haydon Cardew and 1 other
Sister of George Herbert Kitchin; Brook Taylor Kitchin; Hugh Bridges Kitchin and Dorothy Maud Mary Kitchin

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About Alexandra Rhoda Kitchin

Alexandra 'Xie' Rhoda Kitchin (29 September 1864 – 6 April 1925) was a notable 'child-friend' and favourite photographic subject of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). She was the daughter of Rev. George William Kitchin (1827–1912), who was Dodgson's colleague at Christ Church, Oxford,[1] and later became Dean of Winchester and Dean of Durham. Her godmother was Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who had been a childhood friend of her mother.[2] Xie had three younger brothers: George Herbert, Hugh Bridges, and Brook Taylor, and a younger sister, Dorothy Maud Mary. All were featured in Dodgson's photographs. Dodgson photographed her around fifty times,[3] from age four until just before her sixteenth birthday. The works they made together, often in tableau form, are commonly known to collectors, curators, and the contemporary artists who are inspired by them as the 'Xie' (pronounced 'Ecksy' — a diminutive form of Alexandra) pictures.[4] She married Arthur Cardew, a civil servant and gifted amateur musician,[5][6] on 17 April 1890. They had six children: Penelope (b. 1891), Christopher (b. 1894), Richard (1898–1918), Michael (1901–1983), Philip (b. 1903) and Arthur (b. 1906).[6] The family resided at 4 North View, Wimbledon Common, London, until Xie's death; they also had a country home at Saunton.[5] She is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. Unlike Alice Liddell, Isa Bowman and other Dodgson 'child-friends', Xie never published reminiscences of him.

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Alexandra Rhoda Kitchin's Timeline

September 29, 1864
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
November 6, 1864
Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Wimbledon, London, UK
October 24, 1894
Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom
Wimbledon, London, Greater London, UK
London, Greater London, UK
July 3, 1903
Wimbledon, London, Greater London, UK
March 13, 1906
London, Greater London, UK
April 6, 1925
Age 60
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom