This is a watercolor painting based on the original drawing by C. J. Grant in 1850. The original drawing is a caricature with size 12.5” x 8 3/4”. The time is around 1830-5, although there is a variety in the men’s clothing which makes precise dating difficult. The coach seems to be a hybrid mail/stage. The two termini of the coach, Brighton and (presumably) London, appear on the door but no proprietor’s name. It was only late in the first half of the nineteenth century that paces for ‘outsiders’ were provided at the back of the mail coaches . In earlier days this position was occupied only by the guard..
The passengers have left no room at the back for the guard, whereas the much sought-after place of honour beside the coachman is vacant. The booking clerk (far right), whose mistake is causing the furore, seems quite unperturbed. The young lad with a faintly pleased expression on his face as he watches the dog biting the gaitered leg of one of the Browns, is carrying a box. A basket has been added behind the boot for baggage, though customarily it would be piled on the roof of a stage coach to the legal maximum height of two fee.