Lady Stephen

Lady Stephen

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.

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Reproduction of plate 28c from Leslie Stephen’s Photograph Album
Original: albumen print (20.3 x 14.4 cm.)
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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