John Hungerford Pollen (senior)

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John Hungerford Pollen (1820-1902) was an English writer on crafts and furniture.

Life[edit]

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[1] He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1845, with a parish in Leeds from 1847, writing of his experiences.[2][3]

He became a Catholic convert and left the Church of England in 1852.[4] He worked on numerous decorative projects in the 1850s, starting with the hall ceiling at Merton College, Oxford, where he was a Fellow from 1842; his conversion entailed his giving up that fellowship.[2] Other works, mainly in collaboration, were on the University Museum in Oxford, and the Arthurian murals at the Oxford Union, in a group led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and including William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Val Prinsep, and Roddam Spencer Stanhope.[5]

He worked with John Henry Newman on church architecture and decoration. He was responsible for the design of the Catholic University Church in Dublin. He also worked on the Brompton Oratory.[6][7] Newman invited him to take up a position at the Catholic University of Ireland, and Pollen was Professor of Fine Arts there, from 1855 to 1857.[8]

He returned to England in 1857, settling in Hampstead, London. He worked for The Tablet, and through John Everett Millais expanded his contacts with the Pre-Raphaelite circle.[9]

Later he worked for the South Kensington Museum, where he was appointed assistant keeper in 1863, and was made editor to its science and art department, producing catalogues.[2][10] He compiled with Henry Cole a Universal Catalogue of Books on Art. This was a multi-volume project, beginning publication in 1870, its aim being to furnish a complete bibliographical record of art books in libraries of the West.[11][12]

Works[edit]

  • Letter to the Parishioners of St. Saviour’s, Leeds (1851)
  • Narrative of Five Years at St. Saviour’s, Leeds (1851)
  • A Description of the Trajan Column (1874) online text
  • Ancient and modern Furniture and Woodwork (1876)
  • Gold and Silver Smiths' Work

Family[edit]

The architect C. R. Cockerell was his uncle.[13]

He married Maria Margaret La Primaudaye in 1855. As Maria Pollen, she was known as an author on lace.[14]

Of ten children, John Hungerford Pollen, Jesuit and writer, was his third child,[15] inventor Arthur Pollen was his sixth son.[16]

Further reading[edit]

  • Anne Pollen (1920) John Hungerford Pollen, 1820-1902

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/john-hungerford-pollen-2
  2. ^ a b c Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ http://www.bartleby.com/222/1218.html
  4. ^ http://www.universitychurch.ie/NewmanAndTheChurch.html
  5. ^ Carolyne Larrington, King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and Her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition (20060, p. 157.
  6. ^ http://www.opw.ie/about/Obair_June_2006/section000026.html
  7. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47518
  8. ^ Frederick O'Dwyer, The Architecture of Deane and Woodward (1997), p. 292.
  9. ^ Dictionary of National Biography. Edited by Sidney Lee. Second Supplement. Volume 3. Neil - Young, article on Pollen.
  10. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1026/is_/ai_18777559
  11. ^ http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/prints_books/books/index.html
  12. ^ http://www.vam.ac.uk/nal/policy/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-157857_ITM
  14. ^ Seven Centuries of Lace (1908), online text
  15. ^ Christian Tapp (2005). "Pollen SJ, John Hungerford". In Bautz, Traugott. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German) 24. Nordhausen: Bautz. cols. 1166–1174. ISBN 3-88309-247-9. 
  16. ^ Jon Tetsuro Sumida, In Defence of Naval Supremacy: Finance, Technology and British Naval Policy, 1889-1914 (1993), p. 76.