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Sir Leslie Stephen

6 of 13 portraits of Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen, by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant), circa 1890 - NPG Ax36302 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Leslie Stephen

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, circa 1890
11 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (284 mm x 239 mm) image size
Purchased, 1991
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax36302

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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.

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This photograph was taken during Stephen's editorship of the Dictionary of National Biography. 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, mostly on literary figures (283 in total). He was celebrated for his 'irreproachable candour and moderation of judgment.'

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