Fores's Contrasts.Pl 1: The Driver of 1832; The Driver of 1852. [&] Pl. 2: The Guard of 1852; The Guard of 1832. [&] Pl. 3. The Driver of the Mail 1832; The Driver of the Mail 1852. [&] St Giles'; St George's.
Published May 26th [& May 26th, Nov. 18th] 1852 [& Jan.y 3rd] 1854] by Mess.rs Fores, 41, Piccadilly, London.
Set of four aquatints. Framed, sight size 390 x 550mm (15½ x 21¾". Paper toned, a few abrasions. Unexamined out of frames.
Eight pairs of 'Contrasts' on four sheets. Three analyse the impact of the advent of the railways; the last, published over a year after the others, compares the informality of the driver of a hackney cab to the pristine livery of a private coach. Henry Alken, the artists of the first three, had died in 1851, so Karl Hartsmann was called in to finish the set of four.
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