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- Duckworth, Julia
- Jackson, Julia
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Julia Stephen (nee Jackson) (1846-1895) was born in Calcutta, India to Dr. John Jackson (1804-1887) and his wife Maria Pattle Jackson (1818-1892). The youngest of three, Julia had two sisters, Adeline Maria Vaughan (1837-1881) and Mary Louisa Fisher (1840-1916).
The family moved back to England in 1848.
One of her aunts, Sara (1816-1867), married the Victorian politician and historian Henry Thoby Prinsep, whose home at Little Holland House was an important meeting place for writers, painters, and politicians. As the niece and goddaughter of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Julia became a the subject of several of her aunt's works. She was a favourite model of the Pre-Raphaelites and sat for Burne-Jones and G.F. Watts. She became a member of the artistic circle which gathered at Little Holland House.
Julia married Herbert Duckworth (1833-1870) on 4 May 1867. They had three children: George Herbert (1868); Stella (1869-1897) and Gerald de l'Etang (1870-1937). Herbert Duckworth died suddenly in 1870 at the age of 37.
Julia was introduced by her friend Anne Thackeray to Leslie Stephen, who at the time was married to Anne's sister Harriet. After the loss of his own spouse in 1875, the two became close and married in 1879. They had four children: Vanessa (1879–1961) married Clive Bell; Thoby (1880–1906); Virginia (1882–1941) married Leonard Woolf; and Adrian (1883–1948).
Julia was known for her care for the sick and dying. She travelled around London, working in hospitals and workhouses. She published Notes from Sick Rooms in 1883. She signed a petition against female suffrage in 1889, believing that a woman's role in society should be limited to philanthropy and the home.
She died of rheumatic fever in 1895.
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