Coach

Coach
Coach
Title
Coach
Date 
ca. 1770
Medium 
Wood, iron, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 98 x 161 x 52 in. ( 248.9 x 408.9 x 132.1 cm )
Description 
Door panels and the front and the rear of the body bear the Beekman coat-of-arms.
Credit Line 
Gift of Gerard Beekman
Object Number 
1911.25
Gallery Label 
With its luxurious enclosed body and accommodation for liveried driver and footman, the horse-drawn coach was the prestige vehicle of the eighteenth century. New York merchant James Beekman acquired this coach in 1771. It was the crown jewel in his fleet of carriages that already included a chaise, chariot, and phaeton. Beekman's account book records that he purchased the coach for £138, and made additional expenditures for painting the family arms on the doors and varnishing the surface.
Provenance 
Donor is great-grandson of the Honorable James Beekman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group