Eileen – An Oxford Photograph


Sylvia Topp, who is writing the biography of Eileen O’Shaughnessy, has obtained a group photograph of Eileen’s year at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, taken in 1925, over a decade before Eileen and George Orwell married. This has previously been unknown.

Examine this photograph. Who do you think is the woman who would join George Orwell in Barcelona in the fight against Fascism and later still help him in the writing of Animal Farm?

Eileen original

To help you here are the figures in silhouette and numbered.

Eileen numbered

Who is Eileen?

Please use the comment box at the bottom of this page to leave your answer.

Do you know any more about this photograph and those featured? Please pass on your knowledge via the comment box.


Photograph supplied by Sylvia Topp.

To find out more about Eileen: The Making of Orwell, and how you can help sponsor its publication click here.

Uploaded January 30th 2018



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