The Epping Hunt or Hobbies in an Uproar

Possibly by William Heath ('Paul Pry') British
Publisher Thomas Tegg British

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Cityfolk ride velocipedes to participate in the Epping Hunt. At the front of the pack, a dandy crashes into a woman spectator, followed by a tailor a chimney sweep, a butcher, a man in a smock, and a dustman accompanied by a woman ringing a bell. In the distance, additional figures ride to hounds. Heath devoted a series of satires to velocipedes--foot-propelled bikes popularly known as hobbies--in response to a craze that swept fashionable London in 1819. That year Denis Johnson promoted a British model that he based on an 1817 design developed in Baden by Baron Karl von Drais (called a Laufmachine (running machine) or Draisine). The craze soon subsided as accidents mounted, and high fines were issued to those who rode on sidewalks.

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