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Laura Stephen, c.1870
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Laura Stephen

Laura Makepeace Stephen (1870-1945) was born prematurely on
7 December 1870. She was the only child of Leslie and Minny Thackeray Stephen. Laura was “mentally deficient,” according to Leslie Stephen, and may have suffered from a form of autism. She lived at home with a German nurse, Louise Meineke, when Virginia Woolf was a child. In 1888, Laura was settled with Dr. Corner at Brook House, Southgate, and she died at the Priory Hospital, Southgate, in 1945.

Reproduction of plate 35f from Leslie Stephen’s Photograph Album
Original: albumen print (9.3 x 5.8 cm., arched top)
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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