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.
The General Post Office, One Minute to Six by George Elgar Hicks, 1860
© Museum of London
- 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.