inscribed "Tusitala | Allen Hutchinson | Honolulu 1893", 345 x 180 x 200 mm., on original marble base (140mm. high)
"Tusitala" ("Story-teller") was the name given to Stevenson by the Samoans.
Another example of this bust is in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 2454). It is the only bust of Stevenson taken from life. The British sculptor Allen Hutchinson (1855-1929) began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in the 1880s. He travelled extensively, and met Stevenson by chance on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, where he modelled the original of this bust. Stevenson seemed pleased with it: "I am being busted by a party named Hutchinson. Seems good" (letter to Sidney Colvin, 23 October 1893).
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