Leslie Stephen was the son of Jane Catherine Venn (1793-1875),
shown here, and Sir James Stephen (1789-1859), counsel to the
Colonial Office and Board of Trade. In 1864 when Leslie Stephen
left Cambridge, he lived quietly with his mother and sister, Caroline,
at 19 Porchester Square in London and became a regular writer
for the Pall Mall Gazette and the Saturday Review.
Stephen’s grandfather (James Stephen, 1758-1832) and his
mother’s family were members of the Clapham Sect. They were
a group of evangelical philanthropists who lived near each other
on Clapham Common, London, toward the end of the eighteenth century
and worked for the abolition of the slave trade.
Click on this image to open it at full size in a new window.