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I've thought of phaetons as sporting vehicles, which would be driven by the owner, but this looks like a coachman-driven vehicle. It's hard to be sure, since we're dealing with a drawing rather than a photograph, but the cushioned seat at the back with its overhead covering indicates that this was not intended for servants or luggage, as is the case in the demi-mail phaeton in which my characters travel in Scandal Wears Satin. This is a good reminder that carriages were not built on an assembly line, and different coach builders had their own distinctive style, which would also incorporate the customer's particular wishes. In this case, it seems the climate was taken into account as well.
From Ackermann's Repository for November 1819.
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