Nurse with Gerald Duckworth, c. 1871

Nurse with Gerald Duckworth

Julia’s third child, Gerald de l’Etang Duckworth (1870-1937), was born six weeks after his father’s death. He is seen here wearing a black mourning ribbon. The children’s nurse, Miss Leyden, is also in the picture. According to Leslie Stephen, Julia was kind to her servants; “no servant ever voluntarily left her except to be married.”

Gerald Duckworth was educated at Eton and Cambridge and in 1898 established a publishing firm with A. R. Walker. Duckworth & Company published Virginia Woolf’s first two novels: The Voyage Out (1915) and Night and Day (1919). Gerald married Cecil Alice Scott-Chad in 1921, when he was fifty.

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Reproduction of plate 34i from Leslie Stephen’s Photograph Album
Original: albumen print (9.5 x 5.7 cm.)
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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