Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill (1772-1842)

George Richmond, RA (1809-1896)


Watercolour and pencil

8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (203 mm x 159 mm)

National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 1055

This very genial-looking Rowland Hill is not to be confused with Sir Rowland Hill the postal reformer, who had a reputation for being stiff and stern. Rather, Viscount Hill was the military man who in 1828 succeeded the Duke of Wellington in the role of Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, a position he held until a few months before his death in 1842.

Formatting and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Commentary continues below. Click on the image to enlarge it.]