Drawn by H. Alken.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 255 x 330mm (10 x 13"). A stage coach fails to stop at the bottom of a hill, crashing into an inn's sign and water trough.
[Ref: 42440] £130.00
The Patent Steam Carriage of Julius Griffith Esq.r
W. Read Sculp
Sept. 1, 1822
Engraving with 4pp. letterpress (three sheet in total, each 215 x 130mm (8½ x 5"). Image, with extensive description, of the steam carriage built in 1821 for Julius Griffith of Brompton Crescent, London, by Francis Bramah at his Pimlico factory. One of many experiments with steam-powered vehicles intended to travel along turnpike roads (inspired by steam trains), Griffith's carriage unfortunately failed to achieve the successes predicted here, apparently as the boiler produced insufficient steam. The first steam omnibus was introduced in 1833.
[Ref: 42453] £110.00
N.C. Boswell 20 Feb/y 1836
Pencil sketch, sheet 165 x 230mm (6½ x 9"). Glued to backing sheet. A steam omnibus operating on the Paddington to City of London service. Despite the introduction of the first steam omnibus in 1833, horse-drawn buses, first introduced in London in 1829, remained more common and survived until 1912 when they were superseded by the new motorised omnibuses. Pencil sketch copied from a lithograph by J.R. Barfoot.
For Barfoot's lithograph see ref. 14856.
[Ref: 42454] £120.00