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Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), Writer, philosopher, mountaineer and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography

Sitter in 13 portraits
Author, literary critic, philosopher and mountaineer, Sir Leslie Stephen wrote on ethics, theology and the history of ideas. He is principally recognised as a literary biographer and as the first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography (1885 - 1891). At 63 volumes, the Dictionary was the most ambitious literary project of its day. Stephen took a strenuous role at every level of its production, finding it to be 'a very laborious and a very worrying piece of work'. He resigned as editor in 1891 but continued to contribute entries. He was knighted in 1902 in recognition of his services to literature. His children include Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1878
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by Sir William Rothenstein
chalk, 1903
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 9 October 1861
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Glanville
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Glanville
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, circa 1890
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by John Caswall Smith, published by Swan Electric Engraving Co
sepia photogravure, 1890s
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print on card mount, 1902
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
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Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1902
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1902
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, 1902
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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
glossy unglazed print, 1902
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