11 April 1997
Samuel Henry Alken (1810-1894)
Drags of the Four-in-Hand Club passing Five Bells Tavern, New Cross, with Mr Holroyd, Lord Lonsdale and the Duke of Sutherland on the box of the drag in the foreground
oil on canvas
16 x 24 in. (40.4 x 60.8 cm.)
Anon. sale, Christie's, 17 March 1972, lot 21 (sold 340 gns. to the present vendor).
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Drag was a slang but often-used term for a gentleman's private coach, built in response to the fashion for four-in-hand driving which developed in the Regency. The Four-in-Hand Club was established in 1856 and often met in Hyde Park.
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