The General Post Office, One Minute to Six by George Elgar Hicks

The painting tacitly celebrates the optimism of the middle classes and their conviction that the development of communications could only go on getting better and better.


Oil on canvas
89 x 135 cm
Art Fund grant:
£60,000 ( Total: £285,000)
Acquired in:
Richard Green

Six o'clock was the closing time for the departure of newspapers by the night's mail.


Commissioned by Wallis, but exchanged to Votkins; H.G.McCrea; M.Bernard Ltd by 1948; E.Waugh; Sotheby's, 1971; British Rail Pension Fund; Sotheby's 1990.

Venue details

Museum of London 150 London Wall, LONDON London EC2Y 5HN 020 7001 9844

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