Tuesday, 19 January 2010
The Exeter Mail Coach
Another card from the box I rescued from the auction:
Lioness attacking horse of the Exeter Mail Coach outside the Pheasant Inn, Winterslow, near Salisbury, 1816. The lioness, which had escaped from a travelling menagerie, was soon caught, and the horse is said to have continued its career on the roads for many years.
Coloured aquatint, engraved by R. Havell, published 17th February, 1817.
Two of the passengers in the coach ran into the house and locked themselves in, while a dog distracted the lioness. An account in "Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs" gives a slightly different version which ends in the death of the dog and the horse.