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The Spital Fields Phaeton

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    5 January 1773 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Matthias Darly (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box XI

Physical description

Caricature print of two men riding in a phaeton through the countryside, one reclining and smoking a pipe and the other standing on the back. The horse pulling the phaeton is being ridden by a man dressed as a jockey, with a wooden leg.

Place of Origin

London (published)


5 January 1773 (published)


Matthias Darly (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Pub. accord. to Act by M. Darly 39 Strand Janr. 5 1773.


Height: 9 in, Width: 7.75 in

Object history note

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

'The Spital Fields Phaeton', engraved and published by Matthew and Mary Darly, London, 1773

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist


Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Phaeton; Jockeys; Horses; Satire


London history; Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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