Charles Hunt

(1803 - 1877)

Subject pamter, was bom in 1803. He occasionally exhibited at the Royal Academy and other exhibitions, one of his latest works being 'Make Way for the Grand Jury!'. Hunt was a British engraver of horse and sporting subjects active during the 19th century. He came from a family of engravers and was noted for his fine engravings after Pollard, Alken, Herring and other painters working in the genre. He died in 1877.Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, 1876 - Reprinted, 1894, 1899.

The passenger begins by observing, "You have a very Spicy Team here MR Coachman, it must cost the Governors something considerable to keep it up in such stile." Lor bless you Sir it is done for a mere trifle: I'll tell you how its manged: in the first place, there is little outlay in building the Drag, then all the rest is done by contract: there is no risk besides they don't pay any wages except to the Guard, and he has only Ten Shillings and Six Pence a week, then we have this livery Coat, waistcoat and hat given us once a year to keep a respectable appearance. __ Passenger __ only half a Guinea a week to the Guard! why the man cannot live on that: Oh, we know that Sir, but he has leave to beg, but it would be better to pay them enough without their being dependent on the Passengers. It is a very responsible situation and every body knows that such places are paid pretty well. __Passenger __ if they pay the Guard only that small sum, what do you get? __ Coachman __ Charity, Sir covers a multitude of sins, so they give us Coachmen, the full benefit of it; we get no wages and are left entirely at the mercy of Providence. __ Passenger __ well as that is the case, I shall give five Shillings between you and the Guard, and as I wish to get some horses, I shall be glad if you will tell me how I can get such as those you are driving. __ Coachman __ such as these, why Sir you won't be able to match them all the world: I'll just tell you the Breed of 'em __ The White Filly is the Greatest favorite we have had on the road for many years; she is quite new in Harness, but very safe, __ I'd be bound she would go without any, but it don't do to trust so young a creature without a Slight Snaffle, she is as quiet a a Lamb, sometimes she's a little playfull, but quite innocent: nothing vicious, indeed we call her the Queen of the Road: Her Grand Sire was the celebrated Old George: He left a very fine stock but none of them turned out any thing like him; most of what he left were entered for the Crown and Sceptre, somehow Sir, none of them did more than come to the Starting Post, so that this little thing walk'd over the course very easily and go the Stakes. I hope Sir, the Governors will endeavour to keep up the Breed. I believe the Stud is all gone except a Young One that is at grass near Cambridge __ What is that off leader, he seems a spirited one, __ yes Sir, he is quite a Noby sort of thing, he came from Litchfield, we call him General, he is downright good on the Turf and a great favorite at Newmarket. __ Very few can beat him; yet they say he has got matched in Norfolk he goes very well in Harness too, and that's a great thing for the blood horses; sometimes he takes it in his head to Gambol, then if you touch him he kicks like the very d___l. This near wheeler throws his head about lively, what is he, he's of a good sort Sir. I believe he was Bred in Northhamptonshire and sent into the Army, but they had no use for him there, so he was sent to work in the Mail, we call him the Colonel, his is not quite so celebrated as his namesake; he does his duty very easy -- no flurry about him -- even temper'd and quiet to drive; he keeps all the others on the road to the right Pace, his Sire was well known and considered of first action, but he broke down all of a sudden and has been taken off the road altogether. __ Here's a hard working one on the left side, he seems to pull fresh. Oh, he is quite new in Harness. I believe he was first broke in some foreign work, then sent down the western road; we have only just put him in this: as we have parted with a very good old horse we had from Louis, I think of french extraction; we had him on the road for many years; it was quite pleasing to see him when the Guard began to blow his Horn, he would actually step to the time, in fact he had quite an ear for music; he has been either Hired or Bought by the clergy, so we have been obliged to Stow this one in his place: __ I understand he was a surly temper'd animal before he got into this work but I suppose the good feeding and grooming has improved his temper as well as appearance. I hope Sir we shall be able to keep him, it is not pleasant to have strange horses; it's always better to have what we know than what we do not. __ You may pull up for I alight at the VICTORIA, here is five shillings for you and the Guard. I have been much amused, and shall not forget the Birth Day Team and the Quick-silver Mail __ thankee Sir __ Good night.

Publication information: London, Published. by Lewis & Co. Printsellers, 96 Cheapside.

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