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.]