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James Russell Lowell
Possibly by Henry H. H. Cameron (1852-1911)

James Russell Lowell

In 1863 Leslie Stephen visited the United States where he formed a lifelong friendship with the American writer James Russell Lowell (1819-1891). Lowell later became Virginia Woolf’s godfather and visited the Stephen family during their summer holidays in Cornwall.

Stephen was a staunch adherent of the cause of the North in the American Civil War, and an enthusiastic champion of slavery emancipation. He met Abraham Lincoln while he was in Washington and wrote about his experiences when he returned to England. Stephen visited America again in 1868, with his wife Minny. During his second trip, he met Emerson, Charles Eliot Norton, and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Reproduction of plate 29 from Leslie Stephen’s Photograph Album
Original: albumen print (22.2 x 17.5 cm.)
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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