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The Regency Doorway by Fara

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This is the beautiful doorway of Glebe House in Donegal, the former home of the painter Derek Hill.
Born in Hampshire, son of a wealthy sugar trader, Hill first worked as a theatre designer in Leningrad in the 1930s and later as an historian. His long association with Ireland began when he visited Glenveagh Castle, County Donegal to paint the portrait of the Irish-American art collector, Henry McIlhenny, whose grandfather had emigrated to the US from the nearby village of Milford, and who subsequently made a fortune from his patent gas meter.
Hill began to enjoy increased success as a portrait painter from the 1960s; his subjects including many notable composers, musicians, politicians and statesmen, such as broadcaster Gay Byrne, Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek and the Prince of Wales. He was also an enthusiastic art collector and traveller, with a wide range of friends such as Bryan Guinness and Sir Isaiah Berlin. Greta Garbo visited Hill in the 1970s, a visit which formed inspiration for Frank McGuinness’ 2010 play Greta Garbo Came to Donegal. In 1981, he donated his County Donegal home, St. Columb’s Rectory, near the village of Churchill (pronounced Church Hill), which he had owned since 1954, along with a considerable collection including work by Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Georges Braque, Graham Sutherland and Jack Butler Yeats to the Irish State.
An exhibition of his work and personal art collection can be seen at the House and associated Glebe Gallery at Churchill, near Letterkenny. Another collection of his work is held at Mottisfont Abbey. Many of his landscapes portray scenes from Tory Island, where he had a painting hut for years, and started and then mentored the artists’ community there, teaching the local fishermen how to paint. This led on to the informal but busy “Tory School” of artists such as James Dixon and Anton Meehan, who found that they had the time to paint and their wild surroundings as a dramatic subject.
A Retrospective exhibition was arranged for and by him at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1998. In 1999, he was made an honorary Irish citizen by Irish President Mary McAleese. He died at a London Hospital on 30 July 2000, aged 83, and is buried in Hampshire in the South of England with his parents. Memorial services were held for him in Dublin at St Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as Saint James’ Church, Piccadilly, London, and his local Church of Ireland in Trentagh, Co. Donegal.
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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 2 years ago

    Wonderful, they don’t make door’s like this any more …

  • It is a lovely door Tom……………..this is a beautiful maintained house and gallery, not to mention the gardens which are a delight……………….you might enjoy the little story about Yahudi Menuhin in my reply to Hany below………………….thank you dear Tom!!

    – Fara

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    great pic joyce – very colourful and interesting !

  • For a wee dot on the map Dean we have managed to have our fair share of characters, and the owner of this lovely little pile was one of them……………………thank you my friend…………………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    Wow Joyce…. I am not sure which I enjoyed more…… the image or the write-up………. equally brain-stimulating and intruiguing….. love the image in its own…… wonderful composition, colour, and framing with the greenery surrounding the door from three corners………. creating an image within an image with wonderful lines and shapes…… and the write-up……. ahhhhhh…… so much history……. so much intrigue and so much excitement……… I think you’re twisting my arm more and more with these images……….. it is becoming more and more like a visit to Donegal is on the books……..what do you say to that…….. lovely work Joyce……… from your fascinated with this image and write-up friend…… Hany

  • Thank you dear Hany……………..there is a story told in these parts about a visit by Yehudi Menuhin to Derek Hill……………someone called at the door to see Derek and was told by his aging Irish housekeeper that ‘Mr Hill had gone to the local pub with Hugh McMenamin to play the fiddle’………..and indeed there he was to be found by the turf fire with his violin and Guinness……….no need to tell you that McMenamin is a very Irish name………………………I took my lovely friend Paul to this house years ago and I had not been back until today when I took Jonny…………we sat by the lake and had celery and hummus and a Greek salad………….just the thing to do on a very cold day in Ireland…………………I think my jaunts into Donegal is the equivalent of your wonderful journey through the Canyon and the Desert……………..isn’t it terrific that we can exchange all these wonderful images………………..glad you enjoyed this one……………….have a lovely Easter Day my friend…………….do not eat too many eggs of the chocolate variety and I will catch up with you later………………….your about to eat some dark chocolate friend in a cold and wet Ireland………………….Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 2 years ago

    Featured – 7.2.2012

    Excellent work! Congratulations!

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  • Thank you do much…………………..I was just admiring all the other beautiful images……………….how wonderful…………………………………Joyce

    – Fara

  • cieloverde
    cieloverde11 months ago

    Wonderful door Fara !

  • Thank you so much dear Liliana……………………………………..x

    – Fara

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