John Singer Sargent’s Bournemouth paintings on show

Walkers crossing the Alum Chine suspension bridge are often tempted to drop down and walk up the ravine to see the remains of Robert Louis Stevenson’s house.  His wife Fanny treated the chine as part of her garden.

The artist John Singer Sargent  visited the couple several times in the 1880s.

Two portraits of the author from the time have gone on show together at the National Portrait Gallery.

One depicts the couple in the same room whilst both paintings give an indication of the interior of the house where Stevenson lived whilst his fame grew.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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