Henry Pyall: 'The New Steam Carriage - Aquatint reproduction - United Kingdom - 19th century
Much sought after, hand-coloured aquatint reproduction 'The New Steam Carriage' from 1827, by the English engraver Henry Pyall (1795 - 1833). Publisher Thomas McClean, London. Year 1828. Printed lower left: G. Morton, Del.t; bottom right: Pyall, Sculp.t; central: Published by THO.S MC.LEAN, 26, Haymarket, London./THE NEW STEAM CARRIAGE, 1828.
Designed and built by inventor Goldsworth Gurney, the steam powered carriage was completed in 1828 and successfully traveled to and from London and Bath at a speed of 8 to 10 miles per hour. Steam carriages were the first powered buses. In 1834 about 14 steam carriages were seen on the metropolitan roads. As the text indicates, the carriage was about 15-20 feet long and weighed two tons. It could carry six passengers inside, with another 12 outside. Along with the early railroads, steam carriages heralded the advent of the mechanized industrial age.
Status report: in very good, framed condition
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