Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill

John Singer Sargent


Oil on canvas

40 1/8 in. x 32 3/8 in. (1020 mm x 822 mm) overall

Courtesy of the National Gallery, London (NPG 1746)

Bequeathed by Octavia Hill, 1915

According to the National Portrait Gallery site, "Influenced by Christian Socialism and encouraged by John Ruskin in her schemes for improving the housing of the poor, Octavia Hill devoted herself to housing reform and to supervising the building and management of numerous dwellings. She was also widely involved in other charitable activities and a founder of the National Trust. This portrait was commissioned from Sargent by her friends and was given to Hill on her sixtieth birthday. It has a fine carved frame of leaves and fruit."

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