Man loose with scanner.... look out!
Posted by Roger V on July 11, 1998 at 23:34:07:
In response to Re: Phaeton, written by The Mysterious H.C. on July 11, 1998 at 23:04:12
] Maybe in London, but what about Mrs. Gardiner's suggestion that they drive all around the park of Pemberley in "a low phaeton with a nice little pair of ponies"?
Yes, that's the one of the points I was going to make.... I was under the impression that a Curricle was more of a "man's carriage." I have just uploaded a scan of a pic that is supposed to show the Prince Regent driving a curricle, and if you think the Phaeton was high and top heavy, take a look at this pic! It's even more dangeous-looking because the prince is standing up, and the carriage flooboards are as high as the backs of the horses. A fall from that distance could be extremely dangerous.
Also, the curricle has only two wheels, which would make it more prone to tipping or overturning... the phaeton, even though it is also very high, has four wheels, and would therefore be more stable.
However, I still question the accuracy of both these illustrations... I wonder if the height of both carriages has been axaggerated for reasons unknown...
- more phaeton... and curricle P. Bingham 20:30:11 7/14/98 (1)
- Thanks, Patricia! Noted. nfm Laura W 23:45:15 7/15/98 (0)
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