Edward George Warris Hulton

Sir Edward George Warris Hulton (29 November 1906 – 8 October 1988) was a British magazine publisher and writer.[1][2][3]

Edward George Warris Hulton
Born(1906-11-29)29 November 1906
Harrogate, England
Died8 October 1988(1988-10-08) (aged 81)
London, England
OccupationMagazine publisher
Known forPioneer of photojournalism
Founder of Hulton Archive
Spouse(s)Kira Goudime-Levkovitsch (m. 1927)
Princess Nika Yourievitch (m. 1946)
RelativesEdward Hulton (grandfather)
Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet (father)
Sir Jocelyn Stevens (nephew)
Serge Yourievitch (father-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

Hulton was born to Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet, a newspaper publisher and racehorse owner originally from Manchester, and his second wife, music hall artist, actress and singer Millicent Warris, born Fanny Elizabeth Warriss or Wariss, also known by the stage name Millie Lindon.[1][4] Educated at Harrow School, Hulton went up to Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1925 but left in December 1926 without a degree.[1]

Business and politicsEdit

Hulton founded the Hulton Press in 1937, buying Farmers' Weekly. The Hulton Press went on to publish Leader Magazine, Lilliput and the Picture Post, as well as the children's comics Eagle, Girl, Robin, and Swift.[1]

During World War II, Hulton was one of the members of the 1941 Committee, a group of British politicians, writers and other people of influence not generally involved with a political party but who came together in 1941 to press for more efficient production to enhance the war effort.[5] Hulton helped fund the Home Guard training school at Osterley Park, organising a private supply of weapons from the United States. Though he had stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate at Leek in 1929, his 1943 book The New Age supported a mixed welfare-state economy and he welcomed Attlee's 1945 government.[1]

Hulton discontinued the Picture Post in 1957 and sold the Hulton Press to Odhams two years later. He was knighted for services to journalism in 1957.[1][6]

Hulton photographic archiveEdit

The photographic archive of Picture Post became an important historical documentary resource. It was set up by Hulton as a semi-independent operation, officially incorporated as the Hulton Press Library in 1947. It was bought by the BBC in 1958 and incorporated into the Radio Times photo archive, which was then sold to Brian Deutsch in 1988. In 1996 the Hulton Picture Collection was bought for £8.6m by Getty Images, who has retained the Hulton Archive as a featured resource within its large holdings.[7]


  • When I was a Child. London: Springwood Books. 1978. ISBN 9780905947709.

Personal lifeEdit

Hulton was married twice, first to Kira Goudime-Levkovitsch in 1927, and then later in 1946 to Princess Nika Yourievitch. Together Yourievitch and Hulton had two sons and one daughter, named Edward Alexander Sergius Hulton, Cosmo Philip Paul Hulton and Elizabeth Frances Helen Hulton.[8] The marriage between Yourievitch and Hulton was dissolved in 1966, though the two lived together again for the last nine years of Hulton's life before he died on 8 October 1988.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Seymour-Ure, Colin (2004). "Hulton, Sir Edward George Warris (1906–1988), magazine publisher and writer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40161. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Sir Edward Hulton, founder of Picture Post, dies". Associated Press. 9 October 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^ "FreeBMD – Search". Retrieved 24 August 2013. Births Mar 1907 – Surname: Hulton, Given Name: Edward George W, District: Knaresborough, Volume: 9a, Page: 92
  4. ^ Baker, Richard Anthony (25 October 2005). "Music hall of fame – Millie Lindon". The Stage.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Millie then married the Manchester newspaper magnate Sir Edward Hulton, who founded The Daily Sketch, bought and enlarged the London Evening Standard and then sold his empire to Lord Beaverbrook for £6 million. They had two children – a daughter who died at the age of 22, and a son, Edward George Warris [sic].
  5. ^ "Great Britain: 1941 Committee". Time Inc. 21 April 1941. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2013.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "No. 40960". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1957. p. 2.
  7. ^ McDonald, Sarah (15 October 2004). "Hulton Archive – History in Pictures" (PDF). Getty Images. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  8. ^ Suid-Afrikaanse Hofverslae, Volume 1. Juta. 1954. p. 465.
  9. ^ Seymour-Ure, Colin. "Hulton, Sir Edward George Warris". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 7 October 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Harrison, Graham (2008). "The Life and Times of Albert Hardy (1913–1995)". Photo Histories. Retrieved 29 August 2013. Bert Hardy was the star troubleshooting photojournalist on Picture Post, Britain's most influential picture magazine. But a story he shot in 1950 during the Korean war seemingly precipitated its decline and fall. On the seventieth anniversary of the launch of the mass-market weekly Graham Harrison turns back the pages of photographic history and looks forward to a reassessment of Hardy's career.

External linksEdit