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Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894), Novelist and essayist

Sitter associated with 33 portraits
Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his novels Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). A literary celebrity during his lifetime, his works are still widely read. Rather than enter the family engineering business, Stevenson dedicated himself to becoming a published author. A frequent sufferer of ill health worsened by cold and damp weather, he spent much time travelling to sunnier climes, which inspired much of his writing. In 1888, he set sail for the Pacific, exploring its islands, before settling in Vailima, Samoa in 1890. Here he integrated with and contributed to the local community and culture. He died suddenly in 1894. Forty Samoan chiefs carried him to burial.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, by James Notman - NPG P224

Robert Louis Stevenson

by James Notman
platinum print, 1880s
NPG P224

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sir William Blake Richmond - NPG 1028

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Sir William Blake Richmond
oil on canvas, 1887
NPG 1028

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens - NPG 2349

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
bronze relief, 1887
NPG 2349

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence - NPG 1184

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 1893
NPG 1184

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Allen Hutchinson - NPG 2454

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Allen Hutchinson
bronze head, 1893
NPG 2454

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(4b)

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1893
NPG P1700(4b)

Robert Louis Stevenson, by John Moffat - NPG x32721

Robert Louis Stevenson

by John Moffat
albumen print, 1860-1879
NPG x32721

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Unknown photographer - NPG x4626

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
photogravure, circa 1885
NPG x4626

Robert Louis Stevenson, after William John Hawker - NPG x196195

Robert Louis Stevenson

after William John Hawker
photogravure, (1886)
NPG x196195

Robert Louis Stevenson, by James Notman - NPG x39714

Robert Louis Stevenson

by James Notman
albumen cabinet card, 1890-1894
NPG x39714

Robert Louis Stevenson, published by Ogden's, after  James Notman - NPG x196201

Robert Louis Stevenson

published by Ogden's, after James Notman
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1894 (1890-1894)
NPG x196201

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Unknown photographer - NPG x4629

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1891
NPG x4629

Robert Louis Stevenson, by H. Walter Barnett - NPG x135632

Robert Louis Stevenson

by H. Walter Barnett
postcard print, 1893
NPG x135632

Tuimalealhfano; Robert Louis Stevenson, copy by John Moffat - NPG x4627

Tuimalealhfano; Robert Louis Stevenson

copy by John Moffat
platinum print, (29 January 1894)
NPG x4627

Robert Louis Stevenson, after David Watson Stevenson - NPG x199162

Robert Louis Stevenson

after David Watson Stevenson
albumen panel card, circa 1894-1895
NPG x199162

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