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Head and sholders portrait of Sir Rowland Hill, oil on panel. The seater is shown wearing a black robe with a fur collar, a black hat and a long gold chain. On the upper right corner of the painting there is a coat of arms. The background is green and the seater has white hair. This is an English School style of painting. Sir Rowland Hill came to London from Shropshire as a young man and was apprenticed to a London mercer. He achieved great distinction as a merchant and politician but was particularly renowned for his charitable giving and interest in education. Hill held the post of surveyor-general of the London hospitals from 1559 until his death, and "gayff muche to the pore", bequeathing a dole of 12 pence to every house in the City. The panel measures 63.75x45.6 cm unframed.
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