Evie Hone

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Evie Hone
portrait painting of a sad-looking woman by a window
Portrait of Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum (detail)
Born Eva Sydney Hone
22 April 1894
Roebuck Grove, County Dublin, Ireland
Died 13 March 1955
Rathfarnham, County Dublin
Nationality Irish
Known for stained glass
Site of Rathfarnham workshop, Marley Park courtyard

Eva Sydney Hone RHA (22 April 1894 – 13 March 1955), usually known as Evie, was an Irish painter and stained glass artist.[1]

Hone was born at Roebuck Grove, County Dublin, on 22 April 1894. She was the youngest daughter of Joseph Hone and Eva Eleanor, née Robinson, daughter of Sir Henry Robinson and granddaughter of the 10th Viscount Valentia.[1] She was related to Nathaniel Hone and Nathaniel Hone the Younger. Her most important works are probably the East Window for the Chapel at Eton College, Windsor (1949–1952) and My Four Green Fields, now located in Government Buildings. They were commissioned for the Irish Government's Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. They graced CIE's Head Office in O'Connell Street from 1960 to about 1983. From December 2005 to June 2006, an exhibition of her work was on display at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Hone studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and then under Bernard Meninsky at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. She met Mainie Jellett when both were studying under Walter Sickert at the Westminster Technical Institute.[2] She worked under André Lhote and Albert Gleizes in Paris before returning to become influential in the modern movement in Ireland and become one of the founders of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art. She later studied stained glass with Wilhelmina Geddes.

Rose window, Ardara

Evie Hone was extremely devout; she spent time in an Anglican Convent in 1925 and converted to Catholicism in 1937. This may have influenced her decision to begin working in stained glass. Initially she worked as a member of the An Túr Gloine stained glass co-operative before setting up a studio of her own in Rathfarnham.

Work in collections or on display[edit]

Evie Hone stained glass from 1955 in St. John the Baptist, Blackrock
East window, Eton College Chapel


  1. ^ a b c Nicola Gordon Bowe (May 2009). Hone, Eva Sydney (1894–1955). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33965 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Deirdre McMahon (2002). Hone, Evie (1894–1955). in: Anne Commire, Deborah Klezmer (eds.) (2002). Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications. Online version: Gale.(subscription required)
  3. ^ The Eton College website
  4. ^ UCC picture and explanation of Four Green Fields
  5. ^ The Dublin Bus building from Irish-architecture.com
  6. ^ Photographed on Stainedglassphotography.com
  7. ^ Evie Hone window in the Jesuit Manresa House in Dublin from University College Cork retrieved 22 June 2013
  8. ^ Hadfield, John (1981). The New Shell guide to England. M. Joseph in association with Rainbird. p. 540. 
  9. ^ "Saints Micheal and John Catholic Church". Cloughjordan. Cloughjordan Development. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bruce Arnold (1977), Irish Art, a Concise History (2nd Ed.), London: Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-500-20148-X
  • Nicola Gordon Bowe (2002), Hone, Evie in Brian Lalor (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-3000-2