AGASSE, After Jacques-Laurent (1767-1849)
London: J. Watson, 20 November 1820. Aquatint, printed in colours and finished by hand, by James Baily (expert repair to lower margin affecting publication line). Image size (including text): 11 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 13 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches.
A fine view of a wicker-work stage wagon on an English side road.
The stage wagon, a much slower pre-cursor of the stage coach, made only from ten to fifteen miles in a long summer's day; that is, supposing them not to have broken down by pitching over the boulders laid along the road, or stuck fast in a quagmire, when they had to wait for the arrival of the next team of horses to help to drag them out. The wagon, however, continued to be adopted as a popular mode of travelling until late in the eighteenth century, and lingered on into the nineteenth century on the less frequented routes.
Agasse "studied as a boy in his native Geneva and later under David and Vernet in Paris... In 1800 he settled in England... He painted a number of very fine equestrian and greyhound portraits for Lord Rivers... He quickly found other patrons, many of them friends of Lord Rivers, and his ability to portray horses sympathetically and with anatomical accuracy was widely recognised." (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.72).
Lane Sporting Aquatints and their engravers I, p. 89; Siltzer p.41.