Laura Makepeace Stephen (1870-1945) was born
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
Original: albumen print (9.3 x 5.8 cm., arched top)
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College