A Stanhope gig, c 1815-1830.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Oil painting of a Stanhope gig carrying two well-dresed gentlemen, drawn by a white horse. Gigs were used by people who often needed to make short quick journeys with minimum fatigue to the horse. They were used by commercial travellers, farmers, doctors and others. The Stanhope gig was a very popular design, first built in 1815 by Tilbury, a London coachbuilder, for the Hon Fitzroy Stanhope.