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Record 20731

Reading Experience:

'I say your pavement is d−d jolly.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 7 Jul 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Uncommitted
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Sidney Colvin
Title: The History of a Pavement
Genre: Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: July 1875, in the Fortnightly Review.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20731  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 148-9
  Additional comments: Letter 402, To Sidney Colvin, [7 July 1875], [Swanston]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The material in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 148-9,, accessed: 27 September 2020

Additional comments:

On p.149, the Editors’ Note 2 to Letter 402 reads: “Colvin’s article, ‘The History of a Pavement’ in the July "Fortnightly Review" about the engraved and inlaid marble floor of the Cathedral in Siena. The Fitzwilliam Museum had acquired a set of drawings which Colvin used as the basis for a series of lectures.”



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