Portrait of Mr Van Amburgh as he Appeared with his Animals at the London Theatre.
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.
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