Thoby Stephen by George Charles Beresford
Julian Thoby Stephen
9 September 1880
|Died||20 November 1906 (aged 26)|
|Relatives||Vanessa Bell (sister)|
Virginia Woolf (sister)
Adrian Stephen (brother)
Julian Thoby Stephen (9 September 1880 – 20 November 1906), known as the Goth, was the brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, both prominent members of the Bloomsbury Group, and of Adrian Stephen.
Thoby Stephen was the eldest son of Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Stephen. The result of his mother's second marriage, he was therefore a half-brother of George and Gerald Duckworth, her sons with first husband Herbert Duckworth.
Stephen was educated at Clifton College, after failing to gain a place at Eton. However, this did not hold him back, since he won an exhibition to Trinity College, Cambridge, from Clifton. He was a friend of Lytton Strachey, who was enchanted by his masculinity and introduced him to the "Reading Club". He was described as "over six feet tall and of somewhat ponderous build".
He is the basis for the character of Tibby Schlegel in E.M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End. Woolf's 1931 novel The Waves is considered by some critics to make significant reference to Thoby Stephen.