About this artwork

This Scottish writer's versatility and output - he was a poet, art critic, historian, translator of Homer and anthropologist - convinced some of his contemporaries that 'Andrew Lang' must be the collective pen-name of a whole group of scholars. A distant cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson, he is often mistaken for him. While Stevenson was terminally ill with tuberculosis, Lang's 'fatigued' look in this portrait is likelier to be a fashionable posture. Alongside scholarly books, Lang published several popular collections of fairy-tales.

Sir William Blake Richmond

Sir William Blake Richmond