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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Novelist and essayist

Sitter associated with 27 portraits
Author and traveller; abandoned engineering for the law; wrote stories and essays, remarkable for their style, charm and humour. The author of such classics of the language as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Stevenson spent his last years in the South Sea Islands in search of health.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

by James Notman
platinum print, 1880s
NPG P224


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Sir William Blake Richmond
oil on canvas, 1887
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1028


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
bronze relief, 1887
NPG 2349


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 1893
NPG 1184


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Allen Hutchinson
bronze head, 1893
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2454


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1893
NPG P1700(4b)


Robert Louis Stevenson

by John Moffat
albumen print, 1860-1879
NPG x32721


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
photogravure, circa 1885
NPG x4626


Robert Louis Stevenson

by James Notman
albumen cabinet card, 1890s
NPG x39714


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1891
NPG x4629


Robert Louis Stevenson

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
postcard print, 1893
NPG x135632


Robert Louis Stevenson

after David Watson Stevenson
albumen panel card, circa 1894-1895
NPG x199162


'Trail Leading to Mountain Tomb of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mount Vaea, Samoa'

published by Keystone View Company
silver gelatine printing-out paper stereoscopic card, published circa 1930
NPG x199108


Called Robert Louis Stevenson

by Mortimer Luddington Menpes
etching, 1879
NPG D6868


Robert Louis Stevenson

after Augustus Saint-Gaudens
photograph, 1929 or before (1887)
NPG D42134

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