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A yellow and black post-chaise waits outside the inn for its team of four horses to be changed; the two new 'wheelers' - horses chosen for their stamina - are already in the shafts. Post-chaises were owned by inn-keepers who hired them out, with horses and post-boys, to people who wished to travel privately, rather than by stage-coach.
1820 to around 1840 was the great era of coaching, when improvements to roads and in the breeding of horses resulted in the greatly increased speed and comfort of travel. These developments were recorded by several 'sporting' artists, including Henderson. He was unusual in restricting his artistic output solely to coaching subjects.

April 1996