Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
by Allen Hutchinson
bronze head, 1893
18 1/2 in. (470 mm) high
Given by Mrs How, 1930
Sitterback to top
- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Novelist and essayist. Sitter associated with 33 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The original of this bust was modelled by Hutchinson when, by chance, he came across Stevenson who was staying at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Stevenson recorded sitting for the bust in a letter to Sidney Colvin of 23 October 1893: 'I am being busted by a party named Hutchinson. Seems good.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 589
Events of 1893back to top
Current affairsKeir Hardie is among the group who formalise the Independent Labour Party, and is elected chairman and party leader at the opening conference. Gladstone continues with his campaign for home rule in Ireland, introducing the Second Home Rule Bill, which is passed by the Commons but vetoed by the Lords.
Art and scienceArt Nouveau becomes a fully established movement in European art and design, after emerging in different countries and across different disciplines at the start of the decade. Key figures include the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, and the designer Alphonse Mucha. Art Nouveau is characterised by the 'whiplash' line, a decorative line which represents graphically the desire to break free from traditional aesthetic constraints.
InternationalGandhi's ejection from a South African train carriage on account of his race is the catalyst for his non-violent activism in leading the struggle for Indian independence from British rule.
New Zealand becomes the first self-governing country to grant women the vote.
The Chicago World's Fair is visited by more than 200 million people, with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse introducing electrical power to illuminate the fair.
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