Robert Louis Stevenson and family

1 portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson and family, by J. Davis, circa 1891 - NPG x4630 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Louis Stevenson and family

by J. Davis
albumen print, circa 1891
7 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (192 mm x 234 mm)
Purchased, 1929
Photographs Collection
NPG x4630


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  • J. Davis (active 1890s). Artist of 1 portrait.

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Taken by the local postmaster, this photograph shows Stevenson, seated in the centre, on the verandah of the house he built there. The house was named Vailima, meaning 'five streams', on Mount Vaea. The other sitters are, from left to right, Lloyd Osbourne, his stepson and collaborator; Stevenson's mother, Isobel Osbourne; Mrs Joseph Strong, stepdaughter and amanuensis; Austin Strong, the Strongs' son; Stevenson's wife, and Joseph Strong, his stepson-in-law.

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  • Birkett, Dea; Morris, Jan (foreword), Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 July to 31 October 2004), p. 56
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 129

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