In our February Members’ Newsletter, we have an article by Hannah Renier on Victorian animal rights campaigner Lewis Gompertz. It features an 1865 photo of a horse-drawn ominbus, reproduced below. I captioned it as a single horse vehicle, although one of our members wrote in, convinced there are two horses. There is what appears to be the back of a horse’s neck, but no sign of a second horse’s legs, harness, tracery etc. Hannah things a second horse is possible, explaining that long exposure times required in early photography, sometimes rendered things that were moving almost invisible.
What do you think? By observation or specialist knowledge, please comment.