Robert Louis Stevenson

1 portrait on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sir William Blake Richmond, 1887 - NPG 1028 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Sir William Blake Richmond
oil on canvas, 1887
29 in. x 22 in. (737 mm x 559 mm)
Given by Sir William Blake Richmond, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1028


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  • Sir William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), Painter; son of George Richmond. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.

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The portrait was painted in one sitting, at Richmond's house, on a hot afternoon in August, 1886 amid a jovial company including Sidney Colvin, Edward Burne-Jones and Burne-Jones' daughter, Margaret. Margaret recalled their lively conversation: They discussed suicide; compared notes as to their feelings towards policemen; told ghost stories; and most of the time Mr. Richmond painted, and Mr. Stevenson sat easily talking, smoking, and drinking coffee.

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