Dan Smith (American, 1865-1934)
ROCHESTER, NY, EXCURSION, EDWARD HIGGINS DRIVING
Oil on canvas, 36” x 90”
Signed, dated 1902
$15,000. – 20,000.
Collection of the Rochester, New York Historical Society
Edward Higgins was a Rochester native born to Timothy Higgins, the first man to run a public vehicle in Rochester. After working in a butchering enterprise and a coaching business, Higgins struck out on his own in 1883. By 1899 his livery business had expanded dramatically and he kept anywhere from 125 to 150 horses. Equipped with everything from one passenger vehicles to those which could carry 50 passengers, Higgins had very extensive patronage and a profitable stable.