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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Campbell, Joseph (MacCathmhaoil, Seosamh)

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Biography: Belfast-born Joseph Campbell (1879-1944), brother of the designer John Patrick Campbell (1883–1962), was a poet and illustrator. He also published under the Irish version of his name, Seosamh MacCathmhaoil. Many of his writings are based on Irish myths and folklore including ‘Earth of Cualann’ (1917), which he also illustrated. With Bulmer Hobson (1883–1969), he edited the Ulster Literary Theatre quarterly periodical ‘Uladh: a literary & critical magazine’ (1904-5) and he was a contributor to ‘The Irish Review; a monthly magazine of Irish literature, art & science’ (1911-14). In 1907, he exhibited at the Oireachtas Art exhibition. After joining the staff of St. Enda’s secondary school for boys (Scoil Éanna founded by Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) in 1908), he contributed to the school journal ‘An Macaomh’. In 1911, Maunsel and Company, Dublin published ‘Mearing stones: leaves from my note-book on tramp in Donegal’, with text and illustrations by Campbell. An anti-treaty activist, Campbell was arrested and incarcerated by the Irish Free State Government. On his release in 1925 he emigrated to United States of America where he founded the School of Irish Studies in New York, which was incorporated into Fordham University in 1927. On his return to Ireland he worked for Radio Éireann in the early 1940s.

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