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Cartoon - Drawing of Paul Cinquevalli

Drawing of Paul Cinquevalli

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Binns, L.J. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This caricature is one of several drawings of theatrical personalities and variety performers, including Dan Leno, George Robey and Albert Chevalier, made by L.J. Binns in the early 20th century. As well as theatrical subjects, Binns drew cartoons of political figures, and had associations with two predominant caricaturists of this period, Sir Francis Carruthers Gould and Harry Furniss.

The subject of this caricature, Paul Cinquevalli (1859-1918), was born in Poland, ran away from home aged 14 and joined an Italian acrobatic troupe led by Giuseppe Chiese-Cinquevalli, from whom he took his stage name. He trained on high wire and trapeze but took up juggling when recovering from a fall. His first performance in London in 1885 was a great success, and he went on to become the most celebrated juggler on the British Music Hall and Variety stage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was considered one of the first gentleman jugglers, because he performed with everyday objects such as bottles, plates, glasses and umbrellas.

Physical description

Pen and ink and watercolour cartoon showing Paul Cinquevalli standing, legs apart, wearing black tights and a gold fringed leotard, or top and bottom, and yellow T-bar strap shoes, concentrating on juggling a large black canon ball, a lump of sugar and a lighted cigarette. He has a handlebar moustache and his eyes are fixed on the objects in the air in front of him.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca. 1905 (drawn)


Binns, L.J. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

L.J. Binns
Signed in ink, lower right, recto.

Paul Cinquevalli
In pencil verso


Height: 19.2 cm, Width: 14.0 cm

Object history note

Filed previously with the New Lyceum theatre prgrammes for 1905, indicating that Cinquevalli performed at the New Lyceum after it became a Variety Theatre in January 1905.

Descriptive line

Paul Cinquevalli (1859-1918) juggling a cannon ball, a sugar lump and a lighted cigarette. Pen, ink and watercolour by L.J. Binns.


Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Cigarette; Cannonball


Caricatures & Cartoons; Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings


Theatre and Performance Collection

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