Travis Louie
, The Coachman and His Brother,  pigment print on watercolor paper, signed and numbered ed. 50, 11 x 8 1/2"


Eli Thorton was a tall coachman who worked for a great house in Kingston, New York in the 1870's. Although he was blind at birth he still managed to drive his wagon without incident. People would ask him how he could see where he was going and he would smile and say, "I don't need my eyes to see" He had another secret set of eyes helping him. It was his tiny fraternal twin brother, Roger, who hid in his hat and tapped the stop of his head to signal when to stop and when to go. A highway man attempting to rob Eli at one of his stops was surprised by his miniature partner, who pummeled him with a blackjack. At the jailhouse, no one believed the highway man's story about the little man that came from the hat.


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