Hollond, Ellen Julia (DNB00)

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HOLLOND, ELLEN JULIA (1822–1884), authoress and philanthropist, was born at Madras in 1822, her father being Thomas Teed, and her mother's maiden name Jordan. She was sent to England in her infancy, and her parents afterwards settled at Stanmore, Middlesex. In 1840 she was married to Robert Hollond, M.P. for Hastings from 1837 to 1852. Until his death in 1877 her salon in Paris, where she spent part of the year, attracted the leading liberals. Nowhere in Europe, according to M. de Pressensé, was there a more distinguished circle. It included Odilon Barrot, Montalembert, Rémusat, Mignet, Henri Martin, Laboulaye, Haussonville, Lanfrey, and Prévost-Paradol. Mrs. Hollond herself was a listener rather than a talker. Antipathy to the empire and to ultramontanism united royalists and republicans, liberal catholics and theists. Nassau Senior met Dufaure there in 1862 (Senior, Conversations). In 1857 Mrs. Hollond published ‘Channing, sa vie et ses œuvres,’ Rémusat writing the introduction, and in 1862 ‘La vie de village en Angleterre.’ These appeared anonymously, but in 1870 she published under her own name ‘Les Quakers, études sur les premiers Amis et leur société.’ In 1846 she sat for the head of Monica in Ary Scheffer's picture of St. Augustine and his mother, and in 1852 he painted her portrait, now in the National Gallery. About 1844 Mrs. Hollond started the first crèche in London. She also founded an English nurses' home in Paris, with a branch at Nice; the latter is still in existence. She died at Stanmore Hall, 29 Nov. 1884.

[Information from nephew, Mr. J. R. Hollond; M. de Pressensé in Journal des Débats, 6 Dec. 1884; Mrs. Simpson's Julius and Mary Mohl.]

J. G. A.