1866 – The Old Charger and the Baker

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“The Old Charger and the Baker” is a full-page book plate image taken from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs.S.C.Hall, and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866. There are many amusing incidences of where, a horse, once properly instructed, never forgets what he has been taught. Such was the case with an old charger, which had been purchased by a London baker, and upon whom he rode when supplying his customers. One morning, while passing the gate at Hyde Park, the trumpet sounded for the regiment; and no sooner did the sound assail the ears of the charger, than away he darted into the park. In vain did the baker try to restrain his head-long speed. In a few seconds he found his horse had placed him in the front rank of the Guards. Several of the officers kindly greeted their old companion; and the Colonel, to carry on the joke, gave the signal to advance. Away once more went the baker, and away went the remaining contents of the paniers. Various other evolutions were performed, in which the animal displayed great skill, and it was only when the retreat was sounded, that it consented to resign itself to the guidance of the bakers bridle.  Currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.

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Detail: The Old Charger and the Baker by Harrison Weir         Book Cover: Animal Sagacity edited by Mrs S C Hall

Detail: 1866 – The Old Charger and the Baker      Book Cover:  Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall

Detail: The Old Charger and the Baker by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1866 – The Old Charger and the Baker

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