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An Omnibus Passing the 'Three Compasses' Inn, Clapton;1850

James Pollard

An Omnibus Passing the 'Three Compasses' Inn, Clapton;1850
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

Full image caption

An Omnibus Passing the 'Three Compasses' Inn, Clapton. This painting is one of a pair of omnibus paintings by James Pollard in the Museum's collection. Single-deck omnibuses were introduced by George Shilibeer in 1829 and remained the standard type up until the 1950s when the rapidly increasing population of the metropolis created a demand for more and much bigger vehicles.

Pollard depicts a green and yellow omnibus of the early 'knifeboard' type which was characterised by a longitudinal roof seat. Drawn by two horses, which became the norm, the conductor stands on a plate at the back while passengers sit on either side of the driver and along the roof seat.

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1850 AD - 1850 AD
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