Sir Rowland Hill
Sir Rowland Hill
printed by M & N Hanhart, published by John Alfred Vinter, after Maull & Fox
lithograph, published 1 November 1879 (published April 1857)
23 1/2 in. x 17 1/4 in. (598 mm x 439 mm) paper size
Given by the sitter's son, Pearson Hill, 1890
Sitterback to top
- Sir Rowland Hill (1795-1879), Postal reformer and civil servant; initiator of the Penny Post. Sitter in 7 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 333 portraits.
- Maull & Fox (active 1877-1928), Photographers. Artist associated with 73 portraits.
- John Alfred Vinter (1828?-1905), Portrait painter and printmaker. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Events of 1879back to top
Current affairsWomen's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.
Art and scienceEdison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.
InternationalAnglo-Zulu war fought between British forces and the Zulus, after disputes between the Boers and Zulu leader Cetshywayo over the Utrecht border attracted British intervention. The British victory marked the end of the independent Zulu nation, although the Zulu's initial victory at Isandhlwana was a major surprise. The Battle of Rorke's Drift was dramatised in the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine, in 1964.
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