The Road Versus Rail
Coloured aquatintpublished 12 June 1845
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About the artist
Equestrian painter Charles Cooper Henderson was born at the Abbey House, Chertsey, in Surrey; the younger son of amateur artist John Henderson and his wife, Georgian, daughter of author and painter George Keate. Educated at Winchester College, Charles qualified for the bar but did not practise. He also took art lessons from Samuel Prout and became a prolific artist, specialising in hunting and coaching subjects, many of which were published by Messrs Fores of Piccadilly and Rudolph Ackermann. Some were etched by Henderson himself. He sent coaching scenes to the Royal Academy exhibitions in 1840 and 1848. After his mother's death in 1850, he became financially independent. He died at his home at Lower Halliford-on-Thames, Middlesex, aged 74.
John Harris III was an aquatint engraver of sporting and military subjects after works by contemporary artists. He was born in London and may have been the son of the watercolourist, illustrator and lithographer known as John Harris II. However, it has also been suggested that he was the son of a cabinet maker. Harris remained in London for the duration of his life and worked mainly for the publisher Ackermann and Fores.