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Cirque.
Cirque. 24 gravures au canif par Tilmans. Preface Par Maurice De Laborderie.
Editeur L'Imagerie Francaise Limoges 1946.
24 coloured limited-edition woodcuts, complete as index. Disbound, with titlepage and text sheets, in paper-covered card wrappers with lettered cover bearing vignette of three clown's faces. Presented in original printed card sleeve. Tear in cover paper lower left. Foxing to wrappers and title page, plates good. Outer sleeve scuffed and missing two short sides.
A collection of vibrant illustrations of circus acts, each captioned lower left and signed 'Tilmans' in pencil lower right. Stamped 'No 12', of an edition limited to 130. By Belgian artist Émile Henri Tilmans (1888 - 1960).
[Ref: 7715]   £580.00   view all images for this item
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Blondin's Gigantic Arena.
Blondin's Gigantic Arena. Dimensions. Length of Fence 400 English feet. Width of Fence 800 English Feet. Height of Fence 8 English Feet. Length of Tent 250 English Feet. Width of Tent 200 English Feet. Height of Tent 50 English Feet. [Accompanying Sheet]: Explanations of further measurements and details of erecting the tent.
[n.d. c.1860.]
Very scarce lithograph. Sheet size: 265 x 420mm (10½ x 16½"). Very slight central crease.
Jean François Gravelet Blondin (1824-1897) was a French tight-rope walker and acrobat. Blondin went to the United States in 1855 to perform with the Ravel troupe in New York City. It was in 1861 that Blondin first appeared in London, at the Crystal Palace. His success continued with a series of performance at the Crystal Palace in 1862, and elsewhere in England, and on the continent. His final performance was in Belfast in 1896 and a year later he passed away in Ealing aged 72.
[Ref: 40011]   £220.00  
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Portraits of the Two Ladies form the Celestial Empire, and their Chinese Interpreter, as Exhibiting in Pall Mall.
Portraits of the Two Ladies form the Celestial Empire, and their Chinese Interpreter, as Exhibiting in Pall Mall. Drawn from the Life by M. Gauci.
Printed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co.
London Published by the Proprietor, Jan.y 1827.
A very fine, hand-coloured lithograph; J. Whatman 1826 watermark. Printed area: 190 x 280mm (7½ x 11"), mint with very large margins. Uncut. Margins dusty.
A portrait of the Chinese Ladies who were exhibited in Pall Mall in 1827, they wore Chinese costume and were noted for having fingernails which were 2" long and for their bound feet.
[Ref: 44919]   £380.00  
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Circus Rehearsal.
Circus Rehearsal.
Lewis H Fairbank.
1933.
Etching with large margins, signed in pencil. Plate 197 x 252mm (7¾ x 10").
Inside a circus arena, various people sitting around and preparing for the show; monkeys dressed up in little costumes holding parasols.
[Ref: 28989]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Clown.
Clown.
J.T. Wood, 278 Strand, Nov. 1862.
Coloured wood engraving. Sheet 220 x 170mm (10½ x 6¾"). Trimmed and laid on album paper, slight staing and creasing.
A theatrical scene: an unnamed clown, a fowl in one hand and a bottle in the other, a chain dragging behind him, apparently running from a top-hatted policeman with a truncheon.
[Ref: 33217]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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[Clowns.]
[Clowns.]
Cumming. 7. [pencil.]
[n.d., c.1940.]
Etching, signed by the artist. 235 x 185mm, 9¼ x 7¼".
Beatrice Cumming (American, 1903-74).
[Ref: 11972]   £150.00   (£180.00 incl.VAT)
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Kings in Exile [pencil].
Kings in Exile [pencil].
L.R. Brightwell. [pencil]
[n.d., c.1920.]
Drypoint etching. 135 x 380mm (5¼ x 15"). Very large margins.
Three circus elephants tethered in a field. Leonard Robert Brightwell (1889-1962) a prolific illustrator and etcher, predominately using animal themes. He also had cartoons published in Punch from the age of sixteen.
[Ref: 38926]   £290.00  
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Franconi's Olympic Circus, Champs Elysées, Paris.
Franconi's Olympic Circus, Champs Elysées, Paris. Intérieur du Cirque. Innere des fanconischen Circus, Paris.
Eugene Lami. C. Mottram.
Fisher, Son & Co. London_H. Mandeville, Paris. [n.d. c.1844.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 190 x 266mm. 7½ x 10½".
A view of horses elgantly parading and performing inside the ornate and very elegant Circus on the Champs Elysées, Paris. Antonio Franconi (1737-1836) was an Italian impresario considered the founder of the French circus. He became associated with Astley's Amphitheatre in Paris, and in 1793 he leased the theatre from Astley, renaming it the Amphithéâtre Franconi. He subsequently built the Cirque Olympique de Franconi, as seen here, management of which he transferred, in 1805, to his sons Henri and Laurent. His youngest son, Victor, established the first open-air hippodrome in Paris.
[Ref: 26023]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Halfpenny-Showman.]
[The Halfpenny-Showman.]
[W. H. Pyne.]
Published by William Miller, Albermarle Street, Jan.y 1. 1805.
Hand-coloured etching, with letterpress sheet. Sheet: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"). Letterpress stapled in top right corner.
A scene showing a mother and her children looking at a peep show while the showman stands to the left. A plate from 'Costume of Great Britain'.
[Ref: 44605]   £320.00  
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A Taylor riding to Brentford.
A Taylor riding to Brentford. Engrav'd from an Original Picture Painted by M.r John Collett.
J. Stayner Sculpt.
Printed for R. Sayer, No. 53 Fleet Street, & Jn.o Smith, No. 35 Cheapside as the Act directs June, 10 1768.
Engraving. Plate: 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 10"). Trimmed to margins on three sides and laid on album sheet.
A scene illustrating showman Philip Astley's (1742-1814) most famous equestrian piece 'The Tailor of Brentford' which combined comedy with equestrian expertise. Astley was the first showman to perform in a circle this creating the 'circus'. The scene shows a figure riding through a village, one the wall behind is a poster which reads 'Various Feats of Horsemanship Performed this Evening by the famous Samson', while the tailor has a pamphlet in his pocket titled 'Rules for Bad Horsemen'.
[Ref: 44690]   £280.00  
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The Tailor's Journey to Brentford (as Performed at the Royal Circus).
The Tailor's Journey to Brentford (as Performed at the Royal Circus).
Published as the Act Directs by James Lumsden & Son, Queen Street Glasgow. [n.d., c.1820.]
Hand-coloured etching, rare. Sheet: c190 x 110mm (7½ x 4¼"). Trimmed with title excised.
A scene showing the comic act 'The Tailor's Journey to Brentford' in which the performer, in the character of the tailor, acts out a comic journey on horseback. The act was first performed by Philip Astley in 1768 and was so popular that it became a regular fixture in many circus acts.
[Ref: 44579]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Mademoiselle Brownini in her graceful act of Equitation.
Mademoiselle Brownini in her graceful act of Equitation.
Pen and ink sketch. Sheet 185 x 265mm, 7¼ x 10½".
A woman standing on a horse's back in a circus ring, with a ringmaster and a clown nearby. On recto is another sketch of a scene of promenaders in a park.
[Ref: 15909]   £320.00   (£384.00 incl.VAT)
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Portrait of Mr Van Amburgh as he Appeared with his Animals at the London Theatre.
Portrait of Mr Van Amburgh as he Appeared with his Animals at the London Theatre.
[Painted by Edwin Henry Landseer. Engraved by J. Scott.]
London Henry Graves & Co. June 1st. 1883. Copyright.
Mixed method engraving. Publisher's blindstamp in plate. Proof before letters. Plate 216 x 254mm. 8½ x 10".
Isaac van Amburgh (1808-1865) was an American lion tamer and the first animal tamer who put his head into a lion's mouth. His performances were admired also in London, where Queen Victoria saw them about at least six times. Here he is seen inside a cage with a lion, lioness and leopard to his left, and on his right a tiger and jaguar; he holds a whip in his hand. The lion has raised himself against the bars of the cage, with his huge mouth wide open.
[Ref: 18929]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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