Wood Engraving, Four-Horse American Coach of the Football-Shaped Variety, circa 1827

Summary

Before railroads, long-distance travelers often rode in public coaches. They would jostle along rough country roads with mail, freight, and other passengers "in stages," stopping every few hours to change horses. This image depicting a loaded stagecoach in transit was drawn and engraved by Philadelphia artist Alexander Robb.

Before railroads, long-distance travelers often rode in public coaches. They would jostle along rough country roads with mail, freight, and other passengers "in stages," stopping every few hours to change horses. This image depicting a loaded stagecoach in transit was drawn and engraved by Philadelphia artist Alexander Robb.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Subject Date

circa 1827

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.1528

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Wood engraving (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 in

Width: 4.75 in

Inscriptions

Description beneath: A four-horse American coach of the football-shaped variety. Wood-engraving. Drawn and engraved by Alexander Robb of Philadelphia. Unique proof copy from Robb's own collection of his work. Date: about 1825-1830

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