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Victorian Horses and Carriages:

A Personal Sketch Book

By William Francis Freelove

Victorian Horses and Carriages

Victorian Horses and Carriages:

A Personal Sketch Book

By William Francis Freelove

From the Hansom cab to the brewer's dray, twenty-seven coloured sketches providing a delightful portrait of Victorian life and transport.

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Available as: Hardback

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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780718824488

Specifications: 108x128mm, 32pp, colour illustrations

Published: November 1987


A Hansom Cab, a Fishmonger's Cart and a Three-Horse Omnibus are among twenty-seven enchanting sketches of horses and carriages made in 1873 by William Francis Freelove.

For the amusement of himself and his family, Freelove created a series of lively watercolours of over 70 contemporary horsedrawn vehicles. However, it was not until 100 years later, after lying neglected in an attic among an assortment of family jumble, that his charming collection was discovered and fully appreciated.

William Francis Freelove (1846–1920) was a solicitor's clerk, a Quaker, and the father of six children, and was (as these sketches show) a keen observer of everyday life in his native borough, Kingston-upon-Thames, in Surrey.