Robert Louis Stevenson(1850-1894), Novelist and essayist
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his novels Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). A literary celebrity during his lifetime, his works are still widely read. Rather than enter the family engineering business, Stevenson dedicated himself to becoming a published author. A frequent sufferer of ill health worsened by cold and damp weather, he spent much time travelling to sunnier climes, which inspired much of his writing. In 1888, Stevenson set sail for the Pacific, exploring its islands, before settling in Vailima on the island of Samoa in 1890. Here he integrated with and contributed to the local community and culture.
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by William Silvester Laroche
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