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Village Mail Coach c1825. English Coaching print.

Village Mail Coach c1825. English Coaching print.

by Hunt, C.

19th century Mail delivery, from an engraving drawn and engraved by G. Hunt, published by Thomas McLean in 1825. Besieged by barking dogs, the London Mail passes a village post office where the postmistress has heard the coach-horn and prepares to catch the letter-bag in her apron near the door of her neat cottage. Two farm labourers on their way to work with scythes over their shoulders, stop to watch. The milk-maid drives her cows down the lane, balancing her ewer of still-warm cream.

Royal Mail Coach Number 211 was a very elegant, early-style high-set coach. It had left Lombard Street Post Office at 8 o’clock the previous night. The two outside passengers, include a distinguished top-hatted gentleman who had the privilege of sitting beside the coachman - both well-wrapped for the chilly night in heavy top coats. The villagers are lightly dressed.

Four years later the General Post Office at St Martin’s-le-Grand was opened in 1829, and from 1838 an Act of Parliament authorized mail to be carried by rail.

Slight age-soiling of page - size is 30 x 51cm (15 x 20 inches). Image approx. 245 x 470mm (9 5/8 x 18.5 inches) to border.

Stock Number: daCoaching19Price: $44.00

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