The Adventurous Robert Louis Stevenson Died 119 Years Ago Today

Robert Louis Stevenson died on 3 December 1894. He was forty-four years old. Here he is, looking elegant in a John Singer Sargent portrait…

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson by John Singer Sargent, 1887

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson by John Singer Sargent, 1887

He was as dashing as the best of them…

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1879

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1879

His spirited wife, Fanny, also excelled at living life to the fullest …

Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson

Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson

“So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”-Robert Louis Stevenson

11 thoughts on “The Adventurous Robert Louis Stevenson Died 119 Years Ago Today

  1. His wide set eyes are quite becoming. Yet another great painting of a man with what appears to be a cigarette. Fanny looks very spunky indeed. I like her already. maybe she’ll be the inspiration for the strong female character I’m trying to write about (and struggling with). Just thought I’d mention again that I really enjoy your blog a lot.
    Adrienne

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  2. I wonder why he left us so young but will look it up. Today, we do not take “adventurer” as a profession but we should, beyond the show, we should!

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  3. Yes, I agree, it would be a more colorful place, but somehow there are not backers or financial families who support their artist children as they did in the days of Monet and some of the other greats. Adventure was thought to be worth something and now days, travel is easier and anyone can go anyplace so some of the wonder and exclusivity has worn off. Beautiful picture. Some people just come for a quick visit and don’t stay long.

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    • Indeed, that is all very true! Of course, not very many families, then or now, rich or poor, are too gung ho about their offspring going off of the well-worn and traditional paths. Fortunately, some people persevere.

      It is amazing what can be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time, though, especially when living outside accepted norms.

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  4. Pingback: What Man May Learn, What Man May Do By Robert Louis Stevenson | Renard Moreau Presents

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