The American artist Will Hickok Low was one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s friends when RLS was in France in the mid-late 1870s. Top: self portrait of Low; Middle: illustration Low did for the cover of McClure’s magazine; Bottom: Low at work in his studio in Bronxville in 1897.
Frontispiece by the original 1879 edition of Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, showing Stevenson and his companion Modestine. The artist was Walter Crane.
Two views of Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, where Stevenson began his “Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes” in 1878.
Muckle Flugga Lighthouse (originally called North Unst) in Shetland, Scotland. It was built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s father Thomas Stevenson and his uncle David Stevenson in 1854. Muckle Flugga is the most notherly rock in the British Isles. RLS visited North Unst with his father on 18 June 1869.
Fanny Stevenson (RLS’s wife). Probably the most frequently reprinted image of her.
Leon Delachaux painting (1885) “Le pont de Grez”
and (below) Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem about the same bridge. Stevenson met his future wife Fanny at Grez-sur-Loing.
KNOW you the river near to Grez,
A river deep and clear?
Among the lilies all the way,
That ancient river runs to-day
From snowy weir to weir.
Old as the Rhine of great renown,
She hurries clear and fast,
She runs amain by field and town
From south to north, from up to down,
To present on from past.
The love I hold was borne by her;
And now, though far away,
My lonely spirit hears the stir
Of water round the starling spur
Beside the bridge at Grez.
So may that love forever hold
In life an equal pace;
So may that love grow never old,
But, clear and pure and fountain-cold,
Go on from grace to grace.