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Sir Leslie Stephen

2 of 13 portraits of Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen, by Sir William Rothenstein, 1903 - NPG 2098 - © estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Leslie Stephen

by Sir William Rothenstein
chalk, 1903
7 in. x 5 in. (178 mm x 127 mm)
Purchased, 1925
Primary Collection
NPG 2098


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  • Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), Writer, philosopher and mountaineer; first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. Sitter in 13 portraits.

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  • Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 220 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.

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Rothenstein recalled drawing Stephen, at his home in 22 Hyde Park Gate, with reverence: 'I felt awed in his presence…I was engaged on an almost sacred task'. Leslie Stephen's daughters both wrote about the sketch. Virginia Woolf felt it made her father seem 'more worn and sad than I remembered' but Vanessa Bell commended it as being 'more like my father than anything else that has been done of him'.

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