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Astley's Amphitheatre

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1861 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Print of Astley's, ca. 1861.

First theatre opened in 1780; burnt down in 1794. Second theatre re-opened in 1794; burnt down in 1803. Third theatre re-opened in 1804; burnt down in 1841. Fourth theatre re-opened by Batty in 1842; the equestrian circle discontinued in 1863; Ada Menken appeared in 1864 as Mazappa. Finally demolished in 1895. The site is occupied by a block of flats with a garden in the rear, which apparently corresponds to the area of the old theatre. (In 1873 it was opened by Sanger as the Grand National Theatre).

Physical description

The print features a scene at Astley's. In the foreground are an equestrienne, the Clown, and the Ringmaster. Above is an audience box with several small children with an man who is probably their father, and a teenage couple. A silk playbill is lying on the edge of the box while one of the boys appears to be eating an apple.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (published)


ca. 1861 (published)


Unknown (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'An evening at Astley's'


Height: 15 cm approximately, Width: 9 cm approximately

Descriptive line

Print of Astley's, ca. 1861


Printing ink; Paper


Print-making; Engraving


Entertainment & Leisure; Prints; Circus; Audiences


Theatre and Performance Collection

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