George, No. 14309
A scene in Hyde Park, one of the gates and adjacent houses in the background. Three cabriolets in violent and burlesqued collision, the raised hoods forming blinkers for the occupants. One horse (l.) is on its knees; another (r.) is on its head, the shaft of its two-wheeled carriage piercing the belly of the horse in the centre which rears wildly, trampling on a poodle. Each carriage contains the (dandified) driver and a friend, one being a woman losing her huge bonnet; these are being violently tipped out. Each has a groom behind; two are flung into the air. Clouds of dust rise from the melee.
The cabriolet had long been fashionable in France. The form depicted is an innovation in England. The cabriolet (soon 'cab') for hire, with the driver's seat partitioned off, was introduced in April 1823. Cf. No. 15479
Reid, No. 977. Cohn, No. 1003. Reissued, Cruikshankiana, 1835
(from George, vol. X)
caricatures; carriages; driveways; horses; humor; parks; public spaces; roads; satire; text; transportation; travelers
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