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modesty, rather than upon more brilliant qualities. He conveyed the idea of thoroughly understanding the characters assigned him, and supported with much success Brabantio, Friar Lawrence, Prospero, and other parts of the `heavy father' class. Hull was the means of establishing the Theatrical Fund. It had been some time in contemplation, when in sight of the distresses of Mrs. Hamilton [q.v.], Hull called the actors together, and the fund was founded. Two portraits of Hull are in the Mathews collection in the Garrick Club.

Hull's plays are:

  1. `The Twins,' an alteration of the `Comedy of Errors,' 24 April 1762; never printed, but once acted, and possibly assigned to Hull in error.
  2. `The Absent Man,' a farce, 28 April 1764; never printed.
  3. `Pharnaces,' 8vo, an opera altered from the Italian, acted at Drury Lane probably in 1765.
  4. `Spanish Lady,' musical entertainment, 8vo, 1765, acted 2 May 1765, and again with alterations 11 Dec. 1769.
  5. `All in the Right,' a farce, from the French of Destouches, 26 April 1766; not printed.
  6. `The Fairy Favour,' 8vo, 1766, a masque written for the entertainment of the Prince of Wales, acted at Covent Garden about 1767.
  7. `The Perplexities,' 8vo, 1767, 31 Jan. 1767, an adaptation of Tuke's `Adventures of Five Heroes,' in which Hull played Don Juan.
  8. 'The Royal Merchant,' 14 Dec. 1767, an opera founded on Beaumont and Fletcher's `Beggar's Bush.'
  9. `The Prodigal Son,' an oratorio, 4to, 1773, set to music by Dr. Thomas Arnold (see Notes and Queries, 4th ser.iv.271), and performed at the installation of Lord North as chancellor of the university of Oxford.
  10. `Henry the Second, or the Fall of Rosamond,' a tragedy in five acts and in verse, 8vo, 1774, acted 1 May 1773, with Hull as Clifford, Mrs. Hull as Queen Eleanor, and Mrs. Hartley as Rosamond; it was more than once revived. Four editions of this appeared in 1774; an edition was issued in York in 1775, and the play is included in the collections of Bell and of Inchbald.
  11. 'Edward and Eleonora,' a tragedy, 8vo, 1775, slightly altered from Thomson, 18 March 1775.
  12. `Love finds the Way,' a comic opera, not printed, founded on the `School for Guardians,' 18 Nov. 1777.
  13. 'Iphigenia, or the Victim,' not printed, 23 March 1778, a tragedy slightly altered from a translation by Boyer of Racine. Hull played Agamemnon.
  14. `The Fatal Interview,' a tragedy, not printed, Drury Lane, 16 Nov. 1782. Mrs. Siddons played the heroine, but the piece failed.
  15. `True British Tar, or found at a Pinch,' a one-act musical entertainment, played in 1786 at Hull, and not printed.
  16. `Timon of Athens,' altered from Shakespeare and Shadwell (not printed), 13 May 1786. Hull played Flavius.
  17. 'The Comedy of Errors,' 8vo, 1793, 3 June 1793, slightly altered from Shakespeare. Hull was Ægeon.
  18. 'Disinterested Love,' 30 May 1798, an unprinted alteration from Massinger, in which Hull played Octavio.
  19. `Elisha, or the Woman of Shunem,' an oratorio, 8vo, 1801, assumably not given at Covent Garden.

After the custom of the day, the airs, duets, &c., of the musical pieces alone are printed.

Hull also wrote: `The History of Sir William Harrington,'a novel, 4 vols. 1771; reprinted 1797; translated into German, Leipzig, 1771, and French, Lausanne, 1773. 'Richard Plantagenet, a Legendary Tale,' 4to, 1774. `Select Letters between the late Duchess of Somerset, Lady Luxborough, and others, including a Sketch of the Manners, &c., of the Republic of Venice,' 2 vols. London, 8vo, 1778. `Moral Tales in Verse,' 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1797. `A Collection of Poems and Translations in English and Latin,' Bath,1780 (?), 4to. His name also appears to `Genuine Letters from a Gentlewoman to a young Lady, her Pupil. Now first revised and published by T. Hull,' 1772, 12mo, 2 vols. (see `Preston, J.,' Brit. Mus. Cat.)

[Books cited; Genest's Account of the English Stage; Baker, Reed, and Jones's Biographia Dramatica; Lowndes's Bibliographer's Manual; Dramatic Censor, 1770; Davies's Dramatic Miscellanies and Life of Grarrick; Nichols's Literary Anecdotes; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

J. K.

HULL, WILLIAM (1820–1880), artist, born 6 May 1820 at Graffham in Huntingdonshire, was son of a small farmer who removed soon after his son's birth to Keysoe in Bedfordshire, and subsequently to the adjoining village of Pertenhall. Here in the village school William received his early education, and went afterwards for three years to the Moravian settlement of Ockbrook, near Derby, to be educated as a minister of that society. At Ockbrook he had a few lessons in drawing from two Germans named Petersen and Hassé. After spending a year at the settlement at Wellhouse, near Mirfield, Yorkshire, as student and assistant, he went in 1838 to the Moravian establishment at Grace Hill, near Ballymena in Ireland, and made during his stay there many sketches. He spent five weeks in London in 1840, studying pictures and the works of art in the British Museum. A few months afterwards he gave up his position at Grace Hill to become clerk in the printing and lithographic works of Messrs. Bradshaw & Blacklock in Manchester, and studied at the school of