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3/5/2016 Trip to National Gallery, DC Reveals Artwork Celebrating RLS, a Poet (of Many Singable Verses) Much Beloved

Posted on: March 6, 2016

Having lived close by since 1999, I’ve visited Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art many times.  But yesterday, I conducted my first visit with the purpose of scouring every gallery (in numerical order) to discover works of art that might relate in any way to songs in the Sing Books Repertoire.  In doing so, I discovered (in the Ground Floor Gallery 1, no less) a previously overlooked work of art dedicated to one of my favorite children’s poets, Robert Louis Stevenson.  I love A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES, a collection of Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, many of which have been wonderfully set to music.  Gallery 1 contains two relief sculptures depicting Robert Louis Stevenson by sculptor Augustus Staint-Gaudens.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, bronze
By Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887-1895
Gallery G1, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Portrait Relief of Robert Louis Stevenson, bronze
By Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887-1902
Gallery G1, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens Page on DC’s National Gallery website:
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/artist-info.2262.html

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Augustus Staint-Gaudens created a similar, but larger scale, memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson which resides in the Saint Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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Stevenson Memorial of 1902 (by Augustus Saint-Gaudens) for Saint Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh
http://www.astoft2.co.uk/edinburgh/rls.htm

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Washington, DC’s National Gallery Singable Scavenger Hunt
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/washington-dcs-national-gallery-of-art-singable-scavenger-hunt/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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MARK TWAIN ON ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/mark-twain-on-robert-louis-stevenson/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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The Swing (Singable Poem by RLS) a New Illustration by Julie Morstad
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/the-swing-singable-poem-by-rls-a-new-illustration-by-julie-morstad/

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CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

Most Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of poetry for children have been set to music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/a-childs-garden-of-verses-singable-poems-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

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LEAVE YOUR SLEEP, a Singable Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry (wonderfully set to music by Natalie Merchant)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/natalie-merchant-sets-poetry-to-music-creating-some-wonderful-singable-picture-books/

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