Stella Snead was a British painter and photographer, and a lifelong friend of Leonora Carrington. The two women met in London in 1936 as young students at the Fine Art Academy of Amédée Ozenfant. In spite of a seven year age difference, the two artists shared similar backgrounds and held common interests. Carrington introduced Snead to Surrealism, which remained a lifelong influence on her work. After going their separate ways in Europe, Carrington ran into Snead on the subway in New York in July 1941, where they had both emigrated to escape the war. Though Carrington soon moved to Mexico, the two artists maintained contact and continued their friendship until the end of their lives.