The Kings Arms in Dorchester’s High Street East is a traditional coaching inn, the main one of the town, and these drawings would have hung in this Inn mounted together more like a ‘menu’ in larger frames.
An almost bewildering variety of horse-drawn carriages existed. By the early 19th century one’s choice of carriage was only in part based on practicality and performance; it was also a status statement and subject to changing fashions. The Coronation year of 1838 was a year, which marked an important epoch in the annals of coach-building with the celebrations for Queen Victoria giving rise to an enormous number of carriage commissions. Carriages and coaches began to disappear as use of steam propulsion began to generate more and more interest and research. Steam power quickly won the battle against animal power as is evident by a newspaper article written in England in 1895 entitled “Horseflesh vs. Steam”.
Finely executed, graphically strong, and of good provenance, this nice collective prove both decoratively and intellectually appealing.