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Sir Rowland Hill
by John Alfred Vinter, after Maull & Polyblank Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1879, based on a work published in April 1857
49 3/4 in. x 40 in. (1264 mm x 1016 mm)
Given by the sitter's son, Pearson Hill, 1890
- Sir Rowland Hill (1795-1879), Postal reformer and civil servant; initiator of the Penny Post. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Maull & Polyblank (active 1854-1865). Artist associated with 337 portraits.
- John Alfred Vinter (1828?-1905), Portrait painter and printmaker. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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