Samuel Carter Hall
1 Early years 2 Art magazine years 3 Personal life 4 Bibliography 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links
Hall was born at the Geneva Barracks in Waterford, Ireland. His
London-born father was Robert Hall (1753 – 10 January 1836), an army
officer and, while in Ireland, engaged in working copper mines which
ruined him. His mother supported the family of 12 children with her
own business in Cork. He married Ann Kent (b. 1765, Ottery St. Mary,
Devonshire) at Topsham, 6 April 1790. Ann Hall supported the family,
including 12 children, by running a business in Cork, Ireland. Hall
was the fourth son.
In 1821, he left Ireland and went to London. He entered law studies at
Reporter, Parliamentary (1823) Editor, 'Literary Observer' Art reviews/criticism, the British Press (same period) Reporter, Representative (1826) Reporter, New Times (1826) Founder/editor, The Amulet, a Christian and Literary Remembrancer, (annually, 1826–1837) Editor, Spirit and Manners of the Age (1826) Editor, Morning Journal (1829–30) Sub-editor/Editor New Monthly Magazine (1830–1836)'s Juvenile Library Author, "History of France", Colburn Writer, Watchman, Wesleyan Methodist newspaper, (1835) Start-up, The Town, conservative whig journal, (1836) Sub-editor, John Bull (1837) General manager, Britannia (1839)
Art magazine years
S. C. Hall photographed in 1874
In 1839, Hodgson & Graves, print publishers, employed Hall to edit
their new publication, Art Union Monthly Journal. Not long after, Hall
purchased a chief share of the periodical. By 1843, he started giving
an expensive, unprofitable novelty, sculpture engravings. In 1848,
with Hall still unable to turn a profit, the London publisher George
Virtue purchased into the Art Union Monthly Journal, retaining Hall as
editor. Virtue renamed the periodical
The Art Journal
Anna Maria Hall
His wife, Anna Maria Fielding (1800–1881), became well known (publishing as "Mrs S.C. Hall"), for her numerous articles, novels, sketches of Irish life, and plays. Two of the last, The Groves of Blarney and The French Refugee, were produced in London with success. She also wrote a number of children's books, and was practically interested in various London charities, several of which she helped to found. Hall's notoriously sanctimonious personality was often satirised, and he is regularly cited as the model for the character of Pecksniff in Charles Dickens's novel Martin Chuzzlewit. As Julian Hawthorne wrote,
Hall was a genuine comedy figure. Such oily and voluble sanctimoniousness needed no modification to be fitted to appear before the footlights in satirical drama. He might be called an ingenuous hypocrite, an artless humbug, a veracious liar, so obviously were the traits indicated innate and organic in him rather than acquired. Dickens, after all, missed some of the finer shades of the character; there can be little doubt that Hall was in his own private contemplation as shining an object of moral perfection as he portrayed himself before others. His perversity was of the spirit, not of the letter, and thus escaped his own recognition. His indecency and falsehood were in his soul, but not in his consciousness; so that he paraded them at the very moment that he was claiming for himself all that was their opposite.
Hall was a convinced spiritualist. He was the chairman for the British National Association of Spiritualists, in 1874. Bibliography
The Amulet: A Christian and Literary Remembrancer (1833)
Gems of the Modern Poets: With Biographical Notices (1842)
The Book of British Ballads (1842)
The Gallery of Modern Sculpture (1849–54)
The royal gallery of art, ancient and modern: engravings from the
private collections of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness
Prince Albert, and the art heir-looms of the crown, at Windsor Castle,
Buckingham Palace, and Osborne, (Editor) [1854?].
The Vernon Gallery of British Art, London, 1854
Memoirs of Great Men and Women of the Age, From Personal Acquaintance
The Trial of Sir Jasper: A Temperance Tale in Verse (1873)
An Old Story: A Temperance Tale in Verse (1875)
A Memoir of
^ a b c d Boase, George Clement (1890). "Hall, Samuel Carter".
In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 24.
London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 88.
^ "Original Drawings by W.H. Bartlett". Archived from the original on
13 June 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2008.
^ "W.J. Linton, Memoirs". fasthosts.com.
^ Hawthorne, J. Hawthorne and his Circle. gutenberg.org.
^ Morris, Hazel. (2002). Hand, Head and Heart:
Samuel Carter Hall
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public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds.
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Works by S. C. Hall at
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