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Self-Portrait at the Age of 14
(b Blandford Forum, Dorset, 31 Dec. 1817; d London, 1 May 1875). English sculptor, painter, and designer, the son of a housepainter. With the assistance of the local clergyman, who recognized his talent, Stevens was sent to study in Italy in 1833, at the age of 15, and remained there until 1842. He worked with Thorvalden in Rome, and laid the foundations of his style in the study of the Renaissance masters, above all Raphael.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)