Sir Leslie Stephen
2 of 13 portraits of Sir Leslie Stephen
Sir Leslie Stephen
by William Rothenstein
7 in. x 5 in. (178 mm x 127 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), Writer, philosopher, mountaineer and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. Sitter in 13 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 221 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Rothenstein recalled drawing Stephen, at his home in 22 Hyde Park Gate, with reverence: 'I felt awed in his presence…I was engaged on an almost sacred task'. Leslie Stephen's daughters both wrote about the sketch. Virginia Woolf felt it made her father seem 'more worn and sad than I remembered' but Vanessa Bell commended it as being 'more like my father than anything else that has been done of him'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 587
Events of 1903back to top
Current affairsEmmeline Pankhurst forms the militant organisation, the Women's Social and Political Union, campaigning for greater rights for women and to secure them the vote. Its members were known as 'suffragettes', and adopted the slogan of 'Deeds, not words'.
Joseph Chamberlain resigns as Colonial Secretary to campaign for tariff reform and an end to free trade, a key economic issue which splits the Conservative party.
Art and scienceHenry James publishes The Ambassadors. Autobiographical in tone, it movingly and humorously traces the conversion of the American Lewis Lambert Strether, sent to Paris to find his widowed fiancee Mrs Newsome's wayward son Chad, to European culture.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the leading Scottish arts and crafts designer and architect, designs the Willow tea rooms in Glasgow for his patron, Miss Catherine Cranston.
InternationalThe Bolsheviks (meaning 'the majority'), a faction of the exiled Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, are formed after splitting from the Mensheviks at the Second Party Congress in London.
After gaining independence following the end of the Spanish-American war, Cuba is forced to accept a permanent US military presence at Guantánamo Bay.
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