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A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton

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George STUBBS , 1724 - 1806

A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton

Date: 1787
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 82.5 x 101.6 cm
Acquisition credit: Bequeathed by Miss H.S. Hope, 1920

The sitters have not been identified but it has been suggested that they may be members of the Hope family, who were bankers in Liverpool.

Driving was a popular pastime in the 18th century, and high open carriages such as this required a degree of skill to manoeuvre. They were known as 'phaetons' after the son of the god Apollo who recklessly attempted to drive his father's chariot.




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