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Oil painting - The Village Post Office
  • The Village Post Office
    Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904
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The Village Post Office

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1849 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The first regular pre-paid postal service in the world began in England in 1840, and paintings such as this exploited popular interest in sending and receiving letters. In early years, a village post office often had its home in the local inn, which was, (and still is in some places), with the church, the focal centre of the community. The people on the left are reading a copy of the Times which carries the news of victory for Britain in the first Sikh War of 1845/6, another topical reference of the kind the mid-century exhibition audience so much enjoyed, while the other group, a woman with her children, have received a letter - sealed with black wax to indicate a death - presumably with the news that the family have lost their husband and father in the battle.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1849 (painted)


Goodall, Frederick, born 1822 - died 1904 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'F. Goodall/1849'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower left


Height: 20.3 cm estimate, Width: 29.2 cm estimate, Height: 30 cm approx., framed, Width: 40 cm approx., framed, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'The Village Post Office', Frederick Goodall, 1849

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 112-13


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Letter (correspondence); Horse; Post office; Dog (animal)




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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