Freehold, New Jersey, Number Nine of a Series of Twelve Depicting the Route of James Hazen Hyde's Four-Horse Coach "Liberty"
Watercolor, gouache, and black ink over graphite on board
Overall: 17 1/4 x 26 in. ( 43.8 x 66 cm ) mat: 22 x 28 in. ( 55.9 x 71.1 cm )
signature: lower right
Signed at lower right in brown watercolor: "Max Klepper"; verso inscribed along upper edge in black ink: "No 9 Freehold[cut]"
One of a series of 12 watercolor scenes depicting the route of Jim Hazen Hyde's four horse coach "Liberty" between New York and its terminus at Lakewood, New Jersey. The coach ran three times a week from the Holland house, at Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, NYC and the Hotel Laurel-In-The-Pines, Lakewood, a distance of 79 miles taking approximately 9 hours and utilizing up to eleven teams of horses.
This is one of a set of twelve watercolors commissioned by James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959) of Mr. Hyde's four-horse coach "Liberty" that depicts scenes along the road on the 1903 run between New York and Lakewood. The society also owns an original illustration by Edward Penfield (q.v.) for use on the poster advertising this route (1947.90). The distance covered by the coach was seventy-nine miles, and eleven teams of horses were used daily.
Bequest of James Hazen Hyde
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