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Stevenson Memorabilia

Personal Material

This is a collection of hundreds of artifacts which were the personal belongings of Robert Louis Stevenson and his family. Included are a wide range of items, such as clothing, furniture, toys, the family silver, 12 family scrapbooks, fine art, etc. Highlights of these items include Stevenson’s grandfather’s grandfather clock, his wedding ring, his leaded toy soldiers, original portraits of Stevenson (including those by Ernest Narjot and Augustus Saint-Gaudens), Fanny’s Chinese embroidered coat (which she had been photographed in), Stevenson’s father’s cheese box (inspiration for a plot point in Treasure Island), the gloves Fanny “dishonestly confiscated” from Henry James, artwork by almost every member of the family, and Stevenson’s terrestrial globe, to name but a few.


Port of Edinburgh  by R. L. Stevenson


R. L. Stevenson's Hair, 1855

R. L. Stevenson’s Hair, 1855



Fanny & Lloyd by Belle Osbourne


Stevenson's wedding ring and one given to him by Fanny and Belle while they lived in Samoa.

RLS’s  gold and jewel ring


Stevenson family (likely taken in Royat during the summer of 1883).

Stevenson Family, c. 1883


This globe sat upon Stevenson's writing desk in Samoa.

RLS’s terrestrial globe.


An original watercolor painting of "Vailima" by Joe Strong, circa 1891.

Vailima by Joe Strong, 1892


Henry James' gloves

Henry James’ gloves


Associated Material

This includes hundreds of objects, ranging from Stevenson’s lifetime to the present, which help interpret the Robert Louis Stevenson legacy. Reflected in this collection are hundreds of photographs and dozens of fine pieces of art by Stevenson family friends, as well as those depicting the California landscape circa 1880 and other places Stevenson resided. There are also hundreds of pieces of derivative artwork and pop-culture items based on Stevenson and his literary works (including book illustrations, posters, advertisements, calendars, games, etc.), objects from the cultures Stevenson experienced in his travels (such as grass mats, tapa cloth and kava bowls from Samoa), and commemorative materials (such as coins, bank notes, t-shirts and stamps).

Poster for an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, circa 1887.

Poster for an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, circa 1887.


Original gouache illustration by Gordon Brown for Stevenson's story "The Beach of Falesa," (1893).

Original gouache illustration by Gordon Brown for Stevenson’s story “The Beach of Falesa,” (1893).


This is a model of the Silverado Squatters' cabin which was where the Stevensons stayed on Mount. St. Helena.

Model of the Silverado Squatters’ cabin where the Stevensons stayed on Mount. St. Helena.


Ad for Guinness Irish Stout Beer from The Illustrated London News, 20 August 1955.



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