Musée d’Art et d’Industrie de Saint-Étienne, post no. 2.

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Handmade dandy horse, made in France in 1820

Following on from last week’s post, here’s another drawing from the same trip to the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in Saint-Etienne.

Let me be honest, of all the weird, wonderful and wacky contraptions in the museum’s bicycle gallery, I chose this one to draw because it looked the simplest. It turns out bicycles are really difficult to draw, especially with all their spokes, brakes and derailleurs. Just drawing a circular wheel freehand is already hard enough.

But I also liked this dandy horse because it’s so different from a modern push bike and yet at the same time the concept has been rediscovered in recent years with the increasing popularity of balance bikes for young children. In fact the label for this dandy horse made clear that it was made for a child to use: a 200-year-old balance bike.

P.S. Two days later and I have just discovered that, by chance, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the “draisienne”.

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