Alternative text - Joseph Pennell sketches of High-bikes 1891.

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Sketch by Joseph Pennell 1891: Two men riding different designs of High-bike or Penny-farthing.

This is an artist's sketch in black on a light brown background. It shows two High-bikes or Penny-farthings being ridden along a country lane from right to left.

Left half of picture: A large High-bike or Penny-farthing looking unusual because it has The large wheel at the rear and small wheel at the front. Details of the rider are not clear but he seems to be wearing typical outdoor costune of the period but without a hat or cap.

Right half of picture: Smaller in scale and near the right hand edge a man can be seen riding a normal High-bike or Penny-farthing. It has the usual Big wheel at the front and small wheel at the rear. The size of the bike makes it difficult to determine any more detail of the man or the vehicle.

Background: A simple three bar fence runs along the far side of the lane behind which is a field and some distant trees.

The artist's sketch is not clear in detail. TEXT.

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Sketch by Joseph Pennell 1891: A cycle race showing different designs of cycle including High-bike or Penny-farthing, safety (the low ones) and tandem bikes.

This is an artist's sketch in black on a light brown background. It shows a crowded cycle race track with two smaller insets of individal cyclists and a group.

Left two thirds of picture: A crowded race track curves like the letter C with the riders coming toward the artist anticlockwise around the track. Many different styles of cycle can be seen. There are both High-bikes or Penny-farthings and low bikes of all different styles. No specific detail can be observed in this mass of riders and machines. A single figure stands at the left hand edge behind a sturdy fence at the near side of the track.

Top right: A very simple sketch of a traditional racing tandem

Bottom right: A small group of competitors on low bikes followed closely by a singe rider on a High-bike or Penny-farthing.

The sketch is full of action but not clear in fine detail. TEXT.

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Sketch by Joseph Pennell 1891: Three Tandem Tricycles of different designs.

This is an artist's sketch in black on a light brown background. It shows three Tandem Tricycles being ridden along a country lane which stretches horizontally across the sketch. The riders are all in costume of the period and facing to the left of the picture.

Left hand side: This trike has two large wheels at the front and a smaller wheel at the rear. A woman in a white dress sits on the front. The man behind her in a cap and a dark suit is looking behind at the other two following trikes.

Centre: A similar machine to the first but different steering gear. The woman in front set has a dark costume as does the man riding with her on the rear of the trike. They are both leaning forward as if to push hard on the pedals.

Right hand side: This trike is different in having the two big wheels at the front and the small wheel at the back. A woman sits in a front seat. She wears a very dark costume dress and the man behind is in a light suit.

Background: At half height and behind the cyclists is a hedge containing a four bar gate leading to a field.

The sketch is not clear in fine detail. TEXT.

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