by John Singer Sargent
National Portrait Gallery, London
There are very few images of Octavia Hill in her later life but this is one which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and was completed in 1898. During the unveiling she made the following in her address:
"When I am gone, I hope my friends will not try to carry out any special system, or to follow blindly in the track which I have trodden. New circumstances require various efforts, and it is the spirit, not the dead form, that should be perpetuated. ... We shall leave them a few houses, purified and improved, a few new and better ones built, a certain amount of thoughtful and loving management, a few open spaces..." more important would be.... "the quick eye to see, the true soul to measure, the large hope to grasp the mighty issues of the new and better days to come – greater ideals, greater hope, and patience to realize both.
For more information about Octavia Hill and her legacy, here are a few links