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Robert Louis Stevenson in Paper – Scottish Review of Books
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Robert Louis Stevenson in Paper

March 6, 2017 | by SRB

A paper sculpture of Robert Louis Stevenson created by artist John Ferguson will be exhibited in the window of  Main Point Books later this month. The sculpture is inspired by an archive photograph taken during Stevenson’s time in Samoa, showing him in bed playing the flageolet.

The sculpture shows a Land of Counterpane in the Samoan setting with the creations of Stevenson’s imagination taking life on the bedspread and bed struts. These include: Jekyll and Hyde; David Balfour at the tower door in Pilrig House; Long John Silver and Jim Hawins; Ben Gunn; a horseman; the Hispaniola; and a lorikeet (a Samoan son bird). The main structure is made from pages and cover of The Beach at Falesa (Folio Society) and Stevenson’s body and clothing from a Tusitala edition of Virginibus Puerisque. The music in front of Stevenson reproduces his handwritten notation for his composition ‘Memories of Vailima’ – the tune can be heard here: https://sites.google.com/a/music-of-robert-louis-stevenson.org/introduction/

The sculpture is made of books and measures roughly 1.5ft long and 1ft wide. It will be on display in the window of Main Point Books, 77 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9Ah from Wednesday 8 March.

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