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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Rowland Hill (1795-1879), Postal reformer and civil servant; initiator of the Penny Post

A drawing by Miss E. G. Hill of 1877 was exhibited VE, 1892 (323), lent by the artist; a water-colour by J. Leech (published as a cartoon in Punch, 4 May 1844) is in the Victoria and Albert Museum; a drawing by G. Richmond of 1834 is recorded in his 'Sitters Book' (photostat copy, NPG archives), p 11; a marble bust by Sir T. Brock is at Kidderminster, exhibited RA, 1882 (1546); a marble bust by W. Brodie was exhibited VE, 1892 (481), lent by Pearson Hill; a bronze statue by E. O. Ford for the Royal Exchange, was exhibited RA, 1882 (1546); the model for another statue by Ford was exhibited 1882 (1660); and a bust by W. D. Keyworth junior (based on a death-mask) was exhibited RA, 1880 (1600); a marble statue by P. Hollins was at Birmingham (apparently mislaid, 1940), exhibited RA, 1868 (978); a plaster statuette by C. B. Birch was in the collection of his nephew, G. von Pirch, 1924; busts by Miss C. A. Fellowes were exhibited RA, 1868 (1118), and 1869 (1315); a statuette by E. R. Mullins was exhibited RA, 1879 (1549); a bust or medallion by B. Smith was exhibited RA, 1845 (1467); an engraving by W. O. Geller, after A. Wivell junior, was published Wivell, 1848 (example in NPG); an etching by P. Rajon was published Sir R. Hill and G. B. Hill, The Life of Sir Rowland Hill (1880), I, frontispiece; a lithograph by W. Taylor was published J. Hogarth (example in NPG); a woodcut was published ILN, II (1843), 322, and woodcuts after photographs, XXXVI (1840), 201, XLIV (1864), 496, and LXXV (1879), 220; there are various engravings and woodcuts in the NPG and the British Museum.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.