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Image number: RS.9738
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Portrait of Abraham Hill




Abraham Hill (1630-1732, British), Merchant


Attributed to John Hayls (1595-1679, British), Painter

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height (painting): 758mm
width (painting): 637mm



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.


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].

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