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drawing - The audience at Zippos Circus, Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London 2017
  • The audience at Zippos Circus, Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London 2017
    Tappenden, Curtis, born 1967
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The audience at Zippos Circus, Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London 2017

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Hyde Park (drawn)

  • Date:

    2017 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tappenden, Curtis, born 1967 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chinagraph wax pencil on cartridge paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Curtis Tappenden

  • Museum number:

    S.122-2018

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sketch was made during a performance of Zippos Circus in the Circus Megadome at Winter Wonderland, the annual fair in London's Hyde Park, established in 2006, that runs from November to January. The artist, the Brighton-based illustrator author, poet performer and teacher Curtis Tappenden, works at incredibly rapid speed, and only by the light afforded in the tent. He visits many circuses and has made hundreds of lightning drawings capturing the moment at the ringside.

The audience is depicted before the performance or during the interval when ringside staff sell souvenirs to the audience. A child is show here buying a light sabre, a popular battery-operated toy that can flash in different colours. Selling souvenirs and food and drink are important income generating tools for circuses, as they are for many large theatres especially during long runs.

Physical description

Lightning action sketch on orange cartridge paper of the audience at Zippos Circus, Winter Wonderland 2017, sitting round the ring at the interval or before the performance, where a member of staff is selling light sabres to a child in the ring.

Place of Origin

Hyde Park (drawn)

Date

2017 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Tappenden, Curtis, born 1967 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Chinagraph wax pencil on cartridge paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by the artist recto in pencil
CURTIS TAPPENDEN

Dimensions

Height: 25.3 cm, Width: 38.1 cm

Descriptive line

The audience at Zippos Circus, Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London 2017. Chinagraph wax pencil drawing by Curtis Tappenden

Materials

Cartridge paper

Techniques

Drawn

Categories

Drawings; Audiences; Circus; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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