P.O. Box 586 Downingtown, PA 19335 United States 212.308.2022
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$ 4,500

Massive British Watercolor of a Barge Horse Named Bob, Signed M.N. Carr

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials watcolor
W. 36.5 in; H. 28 in;
W. 92.71 cm; H. 71.12 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Large Watercolor of a Barge Horse,
Named Bob,
Signed M.N. Carr,
Circa 1860
(Ref: NY9468-Urrx)

A large watercolor painting of a famous Barge Horse, Bob. An impressive horse that once pulled barges along the River Ancholme towpath in the Brigg area was so well-known and highly regarded that an artist, M N Carr, painted his picture.

We are trying to research the metal plaque to the reverse which reads:

Bob the massive Brigs Bargehorse
famed for his magnificent mane & tail
which was braided when pulling barges
up the River Ancholme,
Circa 1860.

Briggs is in North Lincolnshire.

Dimensions: 28 inches high x 36.5 inches wide

The canal historian Tony Lewery who is the author of the horse boating material excepts of which I have taken from an excellent site:

"At a steady walking speed, a horse can move approximately fifty times as much weight in a boat as it could with a cart on old fashioned roads, possibly a hundred times its own body weight. The load moves with minimal friction whilst the strength of the animal is linked directly to the load with little wasted energy.

Horses are a critically important part of canal history, but a part that is in danger of being overlooked in this mechanical age. It wasn’t so much the steam engine that created the industrial revolution as the horse that brought the coal to the boiler in the first place.
Styles / Movements Folk Art
Dealer Reference Number NY9468-Urrx
Incollect Reference Number 404186
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