Eleanor Hull, full-length portrait seated in chair, in a garden with a book and a cane

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When: 01 January 1930

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I like days like this, the weather is improving and there is a hint of Spring in the air. I also like photographs like this one in that I have no knowledge whatsoever of the subject and I know that by the end of the day I will have learned everything there is to learn about her....

.... And indeed I have been enlightened. This is unequivocally Eleanor Hull (1860-1935), writer, scholar and journalist. Born in the UK, she studied Irish history, language and folklore in Dublin. She was a co-founder of the Irish Texts Society and a president of the Irish Literary Society. The general consensus is that this image was likely captured in London - where she spent her later years. Perhaps in the late 1920s or early 1930s....

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: c.1900-1935


You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 21/Mar/2018 10:02:50

    She died in '35. Writer, hisotrian, folklorist. books.google.ca/books?id=nweMDAAAQBAJ&lpg=PA24&ot...

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    • 21/Mar/2018 11:26:51

    "Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 January 1860 – 13 January 1935) was a writer, journalist and scholar of Old Irish. Hull was born in England, of a County Down family, the daughter of Edward Hull. She was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin and was a student of Irish Studies. On 26 April 1898 she was a co-founder of the Irish Texts Society for the publication of early manuscripts. Douglas Hyde was President and Frederick York Powell was chairperson and Norma Borthwick and Eleanor Hull were the secretaries.[1][2] Hull was honorary secretary for nearly thirty years. She was president of the Irish Literary Society. She died in Wimbledon, England on 13 January 1935, two days shy of her 75th birthday." From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Hull I was interested to learn she wrote the well known translation "Be Thou My Vision" to the lovely old Irish hymn, 'Rop tú mo baile' or 'Rob tú mo bhoile' - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Thou_My_Vision In Gaelic - youtu.be/WJ0aINUzMSU In English - youtu.be/Ic8cOtpbF1E Thank you Eleanor Hull.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 21/Mar/2018 11:57:08

    Eleanor lives on in our collections and our events. This evening we have an Irish Texts Society talk, and as [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] says, Eleanor was a co-founder of that society.

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    • 21/Mar/2018 12:18:40

    Some press cuttings via Trove- 1908 - good review - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104911753 1927 - bad review - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/171637617 1915 - lecture about first Irish type font in Louvain - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/166424336 [see - www.historyireland.com/uncategorized/printing-in-the-vern... ] 1928 - glowing description of her including younger photo - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/107352639?searchTerm=%... [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/26073705597/] 1932 - wonderful poem about a Rag Rug - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/22192828?searchTerm=%2... 1946 - translated poem - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/146618573

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Mar/2018 13:02:16

    Location will be tricky - she is probably in London.

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    • 21/Mar/2018 13:38:31

    I have to confess I've never heard of her... and I'm interested in early texts. Great work!

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    • 21/Mar/2018 19:03:02

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Some of her letters in the nli give a few addresses: 3 Camp View, Wimbledon in 1934ish or 2 Gloucester Gardens, 58 Richmond Hill, Surrey in 1932.

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    • 21/Mar/2018 21:33:55

    I vote for the Richmond Hill address. Eleanor Hull might be in the park across the street which is down a couple of levels. The background house(s) are being demolished (replaced by flats that are there now) BUT there is a black iron railing (see note) also still visible on streetview - goo.gl/maps/KLnEHZiEATm . Light and shadows are ok for an afternoon photo. It is one of the famous views in England from near there - "the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament" - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Hill,_London

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Mar/2018 00:46:48

    Excellent work all - and thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] for the suggestions on location. I have not been brave enough to map it to the Richmond Hill location - but may yet get a rush of blood.....

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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Mar/2018 09:57:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] The park across the street at Richmond Hill looks good, but to me, the background looks like a terrace of houses going up, not being demolished. And the older buildings on Richmond Hill are much classier than this. Hmmm.