The General’s Post Office

By REEVE, Richard Gilson after POLLARD, James, 1830 
£1,200
£960

The Royal Mail’s Departure from the General Post Office, London

British Isles
  • Author: REEVE, Richard Gilson after POLLARD, James
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by W. Soffe, 288 Strand
  • Publication date: c1830
  • Physical description: Engraving with aquatint and hand colour.
  • Dimensions: Image: 425 by 620mm (16.75 by 24.5 inches). Sheet: 575 by 765mm (22.75 by 30 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12368

Notes

A view of the General Post Office in the City of London, showing the mail coaches departing. The Post Office was designed by Sir Robert Smirke and built between 1823 and 1829, suggesting that the print was made soon after to celebrate its opening. The British Library holds copies by a further two different publishers, suggesting that the print was popular.

James Pollard (1792–1867) was a British painter well known for his sporting and mail coach scenes.