'The effects of the Rail Road on the Brute Creation', 1831.

'The effects of the Rail Road on the Brute Creation', 1831.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Description

Lithographic cartoon suggesting what may have happened to the coach horses not needed after the expansion of the railways in the early 19th century. The central three horses are shown busking with the donations bucket next to them labelled 'remember the poor old horses'. In the top right a horse is reduced to begging at a farmer's door for corn. In the top left corner a locomotive train can be seen moving acros the countryside, illustrating the method of transport that has replaced horse power.

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