Sir Leslie Stephen

1 portrait of Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Charles Beresford, 1902 - NPG x12917 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1902
6 in. x 4 1/4 in. (152 mm x 107 mm)
Given by George Charles Beresford, 1933
Photographs Collection
NPG x12917


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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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