Charabanc, 1850-1900.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Charabanc, 1850-1900.

Gilfoy, J

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Drawing by J Gilfoy of a design for a horse-drawn charabanc with three rows of seats produced by the coachbuilders Hooper & Co. The firm was established in 1807 in Haymarket, London, were awarded their first Royal patronage in 1830, and gained a reputation for unrivalled quality and craftsmanship. In the 20th century they switched to building coachwork for motor cars, and are probably best known for their association with Rolls-Royce. Charabancs, introduced into Britain from France in about 1850, varied much in construction, design and size. They were pulled by four horses, and initially were popular for transporting shooting parties.
 

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