Samuel Carter Hall


1800-1889 [m. A. M. Hall, q.v.]; b. 9 May 1800, in Geneva Barracks, nr. Waterford; 4th son of Robert Hall who established the Devon Fencibles, 1794, having previously fought in Gibraltar; Hall Snr. failed in copper-mining business in Ireland, his wife supporting the family by millinery; moved to Cork and left there for London, 1821; studies law; acted as parliamentary reporter in the House of Lords, 1823; editing the Literary Observer in 1823; fnd. and ed. The Amulet, A Christian and Literary Remembrancer, 1826-37, up to the collapse of its publisher, when Hall acquired all its debts; m. Anna Hall [née Fielding]20 Sept. 1824;
ed. The Spirit and Manners of the Age (1826), in which the first work of his wife appeared (“Master Ben”, 1829); also ed. The Morning Journal (1829-30); sub-ed. and later editor, of New Monthly Magazine (1830); wrote a History of France (1830) for Colburn’s Juvenile Library; enrolled at the Inner Temple, and finally called to the bar in 1841; never practised, but inscribed ‘Barrister at Law’ on title-page of Poems (1850); unsuccessful newspaper, The Town; sub-ed. John Bull and manager of Britannia; editor and principal shareholder of Art Union Monthly Journal, 1839, called The Art Journal from The Art Journal, 1849; ed. Art Journal, 1839-80;
vigorously criticised the trade in Old Masters and pioneered engravings of sculpture; published engravings of Robert Vernon’s collection before it went to the National Gallery, 1848; issued authorised catalogue of 150 engravings taken from Queen Victoria’s private collection, 1851; remained on as paid editor after the failure of an illustrated report on the Great Exhibition, 1851; Gallery of Modern Sculpture (1849-54); ed. Book of British Ballads (1842); Memoirs of Great Men and Women ... from personal acquaintance (1871); retired and received a civil list pension for fostering art appreciation in England, 1880. ODNB PI DIB DIW DIL IF MKA RAF OCIL

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[Connected with Ireland]
  • The Talents (Cork 1820); Lines Written at Jerpoint Abbey (London 1823) [var. 1826];
  • [with Mrs. Hall,] Ireland, Its Scenery, Character [... &c.], 3 vols. (London: How & Parsons 1841-43), [4], xii, 435, [1]; viii, 468; viii, 512pp., ill. [50 pls, 18 maps], 8o; Do., [rep. edn.] (London: Hall, Virtue, & Co. 1870), and Do. as Michael Scott, ed., Hall’s Ireland: Mr & Mrs Hall’s Tour of 1840 [abridged] (London: Sphere 1984), xix, 480pp. [infra];
  • [with Mrs. Hall,] A Week at Killarney (1843);
  • Poems by S. C. Hall FSA, of the Inner Temple, Barrister at law [priv. 1850], 8pp.;
  • Retrospect of a Long Life from 1815 to 1883, 2 vols. (London: Bentley 1883) [includes ‘Recollections of Ireland’;
  • The Beauties of the Poet Moore (London 1844);
  • Retrospect of a Long Life from 1815 to 1883 (1883).

    See also A Letter to Irish Temperance Societies: concerning the present state of Ireland, and its connexion with England (London [1843]), pamph., 23 cm.

    • Ireland, Its Scenery, Character [... &c.], 3 vols. [micro-film of 3-vol. 1841-43 edn., as supra], 18 fiches [Chadwyck-Healey Ltd] (London: British Library, 1997).

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    See under A. M. Hall, [supra].

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    Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period (Gerrards Cross 1980), Vol 2, notes that his father was stationed nr. Waterford; ed. Amulet, Art Journal, et al.; m. Maria Fielding, 1824; d. Kensington, 16 March 1889. [Bibl. as supra].

    Emerald Isle Books (1995) lists Ireland, Its Scenery, Character [... &c.], 3 vols. (London: How & Parsons 1841-43) [325].

    Belfast Central Library holds Memory of Thomas Moore (1879), 32pp.; Retrospect of a Long Life, 2 vols. (1883); Sketches of Irish Character (1855); Amulet, ed. (1834); also S. C. and A. M. Hall, Ireland, Its Scenery, character etc., 3 vols. (1841, 1842); The North and The Giant’s Causeway (1853); A Week at Killarney (1850); MORRIS holds Ireland, Its Scenery, Character &c, 3 vols. (1866); A Week at Killarney (1850) 217p.

    Peter Ellis Books (Cat. 2004) lists S. C. Hall, ed. & intro., The Book of British Ballads (London: Jermiah How 1842; 2nd edn. 1844), vi, 234pp.; with var. illustrators incl. Richard Dadd [4 to “Robin Goodfellow”], w. B. Scott, J. Franklin, J. H. Townsend, E. Courbould, &c.; called by Gordon Ray Ɵthe most ambitious English book with wood engravings’ between 1790 and 1914.

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