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drawing - Circus tamer with horses
  • Circus tamer with horses
    Ginger, Phyllis E., born 1907 - died 2005
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Circus tamer with horses

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940-1960 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ginger, Phyllis E., born 1907 - died 2005 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk and light blue wash

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Durbin and Eleanor Durbin

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2H, shelf DR33, box DISPLAY PREPARATION

This drawing by Phyllis Ginger (1907-2005) is for the children's story, ‘Alexander, the Circus Pony’, which was the artist's first commission from Puffin books where the whole book, story and illustrations were produced by her. Published in 1943, the book was reprinted many times. It shows the artist's lively but meticulous watercolour style and combines her skill at topography and figure drawing. Though best known as a topographical watercolour artist, whose skill led to her contribution to Pilgrim Trust’s ‘Recording Britain’ project, Ginger's first ambition was to become an illustrator. Her style often includes distinctive and lively sketches of people and street scenes, and can be seen in book covers for publishers such as Puffin, JM Dent and the magazine Harper's Bazaar, as well as pictorial advertisements. Ginger illustrated another children's story featuring a horse a few years later, 'The Mushroom Pony', written by Joan Lamburn.

Physical description

Sketch of a circus tamer with horses; by Phyllis Ginger

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)


ca. 1940-1960 (drawn)


Ginger, Phyllis E., born 1907 - died 2005 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk and light blue wash

Marks and inscriptions

'7' in pencil at top right


Height: 18 cm, Width: 28 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Illustration for 'Alexander the Circus Pony'

Descriptive line

Sketch of a circus tamer with horses; Illustration for 'Alexander the Circus Pony'


Black chalk; Wash



Subjects depicted

Animal; Horse; Circus performer


Drawings; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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