Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen

1 portrait of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Charles Beresford, 1902 - NPG x4600 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1902
4 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (109 mm x 140 mm)
Given by George Charles Beresford, 1933
Photographs Collection
NPG x4600


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  • Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), Writer, philosopher, mountaineer and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) (1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell. Sitter in 63 portraits.

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In addition to the single portraits, Beresford photographed Stephen with his twenty-year-old daughter, Virginia. Shortly after his death, Virginia recalled Beresford's photographs of her father: 'We had several taken just before his operation in December 1902. They are, I think, as good as photographs can be, though he looks more ill than he did afterwards'.

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