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[Man riding a penny farthing.]
[Man riding a penny farthing.]
Frank Allport [signed in ink lower left.]
[n.d., c.1880.]
Pen and ink and watercolour, sheet 255 x 205mm. 10 x 8".
An original caricature sketch of a man with a demonic beard, moustache and extraordinarily shaped hair with pony tail riding a penny farthing bicycle. The ordinary, high wheel or penny-farthing was the first true bicycle with which actual speed and distance could be achieved in a practical manner. Based on the original French Boneshaker, James Starley and others produced bicycles with front wheels of ever increasing size, starting about 1870.
[Ref: 8925]   £320.00  
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