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Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), The Cambridge Carrier

Photo credit: Cambridge & County Folk Museum

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Thomas Hobson ran a mail service and livery stable, where he was famous for operating the 'this one or none' system, so that his horses were rented out on a strict rotational basis; hence the phrase 'Hobson's Choice'.

Cambridge & County Folk Museum


  • Date

    early 18th C

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    53 x 41 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift from John Maynard Keynes, 1939


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