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Sir Leslie Stephen

8 of 13 portraits of Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Charles Beresford, 1902 - NPG x128766 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print on card mount, 1902
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (155 mm x 110 mm) image size
Given by (Anne) Olivier Bell (née Popham), 2006
Photographs Collection
NPG x128766


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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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At the time these photographs were taken, Stephen was working on his final book. It was a biography of Thomas Hobbes, about whom he evidently enjoyed writing: 'a dour cynical old gentleman, and therefore…just suited to me'. Long after his death, Virginia Woolf memorably described her father: 'he was beautiful in the distinguished way a race horse, even an ugly race horse, is beautiful'.

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