The General's Post Office
By REEVE, Richard Gilson after POLLARD, James , 1830

The Royal Mail's Departure from the General Post Office, London

  • Author: REEVE, Richard Gilson after POLLARD, James
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by W. Soffe, 288 Strand
  • Publication date: c1830
  • Physical description: Engraving with aquatint and hand colour.
  • Dimensions: Image: 425 by 620mm (16.75 by 24.5 inches). Sheet: 575 by 765mm (22.75 by 30 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12368


A view of the General Post Office in the City of London, showing the mail coaches departing. The Post Office was designed by Sir Robert Smirke and built between 1823 and 1829, suggesting that the print was made soon after to celebrate its opening. The British Library holds copies by a further two different publishers, suggesting that the print was popular.

James Pollard (1792-1867) was a British painter well known for his sporting and mail coach scenes.


  1. BM 1917,1208.2253 and 1873,0712.534 (different publisher)
  2. LOC 96507261
  3. Selway 47.