16 | Charles Cooper Henderson<br>  <i>(British, 1803–1877)</i><br><br>THE GREAT NORTH ROAD<br>$6,000. – $8,000.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $8,050.</strong>

Oil on canvas, 25” x 30”

Signed with monogram

$6,000. – 8,000.


The only way of traveling to and from London and Edinburgh before modern roadways, the Great North Road can be traced back to the Roman roads, Dere Street and Ermine Street. Temporarily abandoned by the Saxons, the route evolved in the early Middle Ages into the single unified route between London and north Britain. By the late 18th century, improvements to the road were well underway, and stagecoaches began to travel regular routes on a fixed schedule. During the first era of stagecoaches, the road predominantly served as a route for mail coaches traveling among London, York, and Edinburgh. In the golden age of coaching (between 1815–1835), a coach could travel the road in its entirety in 20 hours. The road made a considerable impact, not only on the English countryside but on 19th-century literature as well. Novels by prolific authors Charles Dickens and Sir Walter Scott are set along the route. In modern pop culture, British rock artist Sting wrote a song titled “Heading South on the Great North Road.”