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    Portrait of Abraham Hill

    Date
    1656-1672
    Sitter
    Abraham Hill (1630 - 1732, British) , Merchant
    Creator
    Attributed to John Hayls (1595 - 1679, British) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 758mm
    width (painting): 637mm
    Subject
    Description
    Head and shoulders portrait of Abraham Hill regarding the viewer over his right shoulder. Hill has shoulder-length natural brown hair and wears a dark robe with a white square collar visible at the neck.

    Abraham Hill (1630-1732) British merchant was a founding Fellow of the Royal Society, elected in 1660. He was the Society's Treasurer from 1663-65 and, as such, was responsible for the Society’s purchase of stock in the Royal African Company, which held the monopoly of the English slave trade from Africa to the West Indies.
    Transcription
    Allen’s Depositories, Ltd. Bournemouth West. [in ink] Mrs Hill
    The...[property of] Mrs Ursula Hill Norfolk Lodge Canford Cliffs Bournemouth
    Abraham Hill
    ABRAHAM HILL, F.R.S. (1635-1721) Treasurer 1663-65 and 1679-1700. Secretary 1673-75. by JOHN HALES (on permanent loan from Colonel C.R.Hill).
    Object history
    Attributed to John Hayls. On permanent loan from Mrs Ursula Hill, 1950.

    Following an offer from Ursula Hill, the painting was formally accepted into the Society’s collection on 9 February 1950 and reported to Council on 2 March 1950. [Letters, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society, to Mrs Ursula Hill, Bournemouth, 9 February and 3 March 1950, Royal Society Provenance File].
    Associated place
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    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9738
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