The novels of Jane Austen frequently mention various types of carriages used in the early 19th century.
Picture Lady Catherine de Bourgh driving past in her aristocratic barouche - the Honourable Lady Dalrymple also owned a barouche.
Think of Willoughby taking Marianne for a private drive in his sporty curricle - his high flyer.
The dreadful Rev Mr. Collins arrived in a gig - a small unpretentious two passenger carriage.
And exactly why was Mrs. Elton so very proud of her sister's barouche-landau?
In the early decades of the 19th century Ackermann's Repository of Arts magazine was well known for featuring all that was new and cutting edge in fashion. Even transportation was seen as a highly important fashion accessory. On occasion they published colourized plates and articles about the latest in carriages:
A Barouche was a leisure, summer vehicle with a soft retractable or convertible top. Double seats on the inside faced each other: