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"Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR29

Physical description

circus poster with head of a clown. Lettering in yellow, orange, red and green.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


ca. 1942 (made)


Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY/ Present/ A radiant New spectacle of color beauty fun and laughter/ "HOLIDAYS"/ Festive Gayety [sic] from New Year to Christmas/ IN GLORIOUS PROCESSIONAL PAGEANTRY/ Produced by John Ringling North/ Designed by Norman Bel Geddes/ Staged by John Murray Anderson

lower right

E. McKnight Kauffer
barely visible, lower left


Height: 44 cm, Width: 60.5 cm

Descriptive line

"Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey" Circus poster by E. McKnight Kauffer advertising the Norman Bel Geddes designed 'Holidays' show. USA.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Circus performer; Bonds; Circus; War; Clown


Prints; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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