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Sir Leslie Stephen

5 of 13 portraits of Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Glanville, circa 1870 - NPG x18075 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Glanville
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (78 mm x 54 mm) image size, oval
Given by Cordelia Curle, 1959
Photographs Collection
NPG x18075

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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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  • George Glanville (born circa 1846), Photographer. Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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This is the earliest portrait of Stephen in the Gallery's Collection. He is shown at the time of his emergence as a public figure following the publication of The Playground of Europe (1871), a classic account of climbing in the Alps. The book recounted Stephen's nine 'first ascents' of peaks in the Alps and confirmed his reputation as an outstanding mountaineer. He later wrote 'I am much inclined to measure a man's moral excellence by his love of walking.'

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