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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

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

Inventor of penny postage; established school on his own plan; invented rotatory printing-press and other machines; submitted a plan for the reform of the post office, 1837; secured adoption of penny postage in budget of 1839; appointed to post office, 1840; dismissed, 1842; chairman of Brighton railway, 1843-6; secretary to post office, 1854-64.


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.