Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894  Hotel Chevillon in Grez

The amateur emigrant

Some of the happiest times Robert Louis Stevenson spent in France were at the Bohemian artists' colony at Grez.

It was here he met his future wife, Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne, an American who had come to France to study art and escape from an unhappy marriage.

Travels in America
Fanny returned to the United States. In August 1879, against the advice of his friends, and without telling his parents, Stevenson set sail for New York from Greenock:

'Travel is of two kinds; and this voyage of mine across the ocean combined both ... I was not only travelling out of my country in latitude and longitude, but out of myself.'

Stevenson wrote an account of this impulsive voyage. He also described his train journey across America from New York to Monterey on the west coast, where he experienced the raw life of the frontier.

  Fanny Osbourne
Miner's cabin illustration Hotel Chevillon
 House in Monterey

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