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Drawing - Laura Knight sketch of a lion tamer
  • Laura Knight sketch of a lion tamer
    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970
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Laura Knight sketch of a lion tamer

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1929 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Charcoal on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Togare was the stage name of the Russian lion trainer Georg Kulovits who made his debut as a wild animal trainer in 1923. He toured with the Leningrad State Circus in 1927 and first performed at Bertram Mills' Circus in the 9th season of the circus at Olympia, 1928-1929, after he took over the twelve lions of the Great Carmo Circus in Irleland in 1928. He subsequently toured with the Mills/Carmo tenting season in 1929.

Laura Knight was fascinated by the circus and was a regular visitor to Bertram Mills' circuses at Olympia from its early days in the 1920/1921 season. A founder member of the Circus Fans' Association she painted The Grand Parade Charivari that was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1929, the same year that she travelled with the Mills/Carmo first tenting circus. She sketched and painted numerous works featuring acts from Bertram Mills’ circuses that were featured in a variety of promotional material for his shows from the early 1930s including VIP luncheon invitation cards.

Physical description

Sketch depicting a lion standing on two plinths with the lion trainer Togare standing beneath him. First attempt of the sketch is on the reverse.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1929 (drawn)


Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Charcoal on paper


Height: 26.9 cm, Width: 37.1 cm

Descriptive line

Togare and one of his lions Goliath or Paris. Pencil sketch by Laura Knight (1877-1970) probably sketched at the Bertram Mills/Carmo touring circus 1929.


Paper; Charcoal


Drawing (image-making); Sketching


Entertainment & Leisure; Circus; Drawings


Theatre and Performance Collection

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