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Poster - Grand Viceregal Night at Wilson's Great World Circus, Calcutta
  • Grand Viceregal Night at Wilson's Great World Circus, Calcutta
    Cambrian Press
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Grand Viceregal Night at Wilson's Great World Circus, Calcutta

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (printed)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cambrian Press (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Judy Moxon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This playbill advertises Wilson's Circus in Calcutta, ca. 1880, featuring Edwin Moxon, who appeared with his Magic Tom-Tom act, and with the Moxon Brothers in their 'wonderful balancing act' with a pyramid of chairs.

Edwin Moxon (1857-1845) was born in Reading, ran away to join the circus aged 17 and travelled all over the world performing a balancing and foot-juggling act in circuses and variety theatres. He performed in Russia for seven years, spoke several languages fluently and had thirteen children. When they were old enough, the two eldest children were trained to join him in the family act, the Moxon Trio. His thirteenth child Eileen, who used the stage name Levanda, performed the act in circus and cabaret in the 1940s with her daughter Judy, appearing as Levanda and Van. Judy went on to travel the world with the act independently in the 1960s, performing tricks passed down from her grandfather.

This circus also featured Max Schumann's trained horses, named Lord William, Abdulla, and Cromwell. Archibald O'Brien was 'the bounding jockey', there was an equestrian act by J. Madigan with the clown W. Matthews, the mule Barney provided comedy and thirteen 'gentlemen of the company' posed as Greek statues in a 'poses plastique' act illuminated by limelight.

Physical description

Typographic poster advertising the 'Grand Viceregal Night' and featuring the Moxon Brothers.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (printed)


ca.1880 (printed)


Cambrian Press (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed paper


Height: 44.1 cm, Width: 18.5 cm

Object history note

Playbill kept by the acrobat Edwin Moxon (1857-1945) which advertised his act with Wilsons Great World Circus in Calcutta. It remained in the family until it was given to the museum by his grand-daughter Judy Moxon in 2005.

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Playbill advertising the 'Grand Viceregal Night' at Wilson's Great World Circus appearing in Calcutta, India, cxa. 1880, featuring Edwin Moxon with his Magic Tom-Tom act, and the Moxon Brothers in their Wonderful Pyramid of Chairs and Balancing Act, letterpress, printed at the Cambrian Press, Calcutta


Printing ink; Paper




Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters; Circus; Acrobatics


Theatre and Performance Collection

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