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Published 1962 © Hugh Evelyn Limited; artist Alan Osbahr;
c. 34 x 24 cm (13″ x 9″) on high white matt cardstock of 115 g/m²;
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Named after the German city of Landau, where such carriages were first made this four-wheeled carriage seats four people on two facing seats with an elevated front seat for the coachman. It was distinguished by two folding hoods, one at each end, which met at the top to form a boxlike enclosure with side windows. It was a heavy vehicle, often drawn by a team of four horses, and was widely used from the 18th century in England. Usually, landaus were severely cut away beneath at each end, so that the bottom of the door was the lowest point of the carriage body. It was a luxury carriage. The low shell of the landau provides maximal visibility of the occupants and their clothing, a feature that makes a landau still a popular choice for Lord Mayors in the United Kingdom on ceremonial occasions. The Royal Mews contains several different types of landau: seven State Landaus are in regular use (dating from between 1838 & 1872), plus five Semi-state Landaus. As well as being slightly plainer in ornamentation, the Semi-state Landaus are distinguished from the State Landaus in that they are postilion-driven, rather than driven from the box.

Fenton’s Description

LANDAU is a carriage in the form of a Coach, the upper part of which may be opened at pleasure for the advantage of air and prospect in the summer time. Principally in­ tended for country use, they are the most convenient carriages of any, as so many persons may be accommodated with the pleasure of an open and a closed carriage in one, without the care of driving, as in other open Carriages, or the expense and encumbrance of keeping two, and the expense for duty saved thereby, are advantages worth the notice of those who wish to be thus accommodated. The amusement many gentlemen may have in driving light open carriages has prevented Landaus being more generally used than what they otherwise would have been, and what, from their utility, might be expected. The upper parts are covered with a grain leather which cannot be Japanned, and of course does not look so well as fixed roofs; they are also heavier and more expensive than the common coaches, which are the only causes for objections, and which are but trifling when compared to the other advantages they possess. First charge for a Landau, with Perch Carriage £120 11s 0d (without extras) [William Fenton, 1794]

First charge for a Landau, with Perch Carriage£120110
A compass Perch with Iron plated sides*440
Half Wheel fore End150
A raised hind end with plain short blocks1100
A Footman’s Cushion, plated top edge with carved hind Standards6180
A pair of double returned Springs2120
A trunk boot with concealed coach box1000
Hooped Tyre Wheels100
Round sides to the Body200
Trimmed with a three inch Lace and Swing Holders270
Quilted sides110
Venetian blinds in lieu of shutters250
Forty feet of 4-8th brass moulding250
Thirty-two feet of 2-8th ditto116
A set of fancy pattern head plates150
A set of joints plated660
A set of check brace rings ditto080
A set of Wheel Hoops ditto1150
A set of Body Loops ditto1120
A Pole Hook ditto150
A set of worm springs ditto6100
Picking out the moulding two colours250
Four arms and crests middle size240
Twenty feet of 2-inch braces for the boot230
Four large buckles for ditto080
A set of short check braces050
French pole pieces060
*One guinea extra is charged for the bent or compass Perch

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Dimensions 38 × 25.5 cm