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Poster - The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
    Potthast, Edward Henry, born 1857 - died 1927
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The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (printed)

  • Date:

    1895 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potthast, Edward Henry, born 1857 - died 1927 (artist)
    Strobridge Lithography Co. Ltd (printers (people))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bertram Evans

  • Museum number:

    E.448-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 77, box 9

A poster advertising Barnum & Bailey's Circus on tour in 1895. Circus owners and performers were keen to commission colourful posters to convey the excitement, danger and enjoyment of their acts. Barnum & Bailey was a merger in 1881 of two circuses run by the leading rival American showmen, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) and James Anthony Bailey (1847-1906).

Physical description

Poster

Place of Origin

United States (printed)

Date

1895 (printed)

Artist/maker

Potthast, Edward Henry, born 1857 - died 1927 (artist)
Strobridge Lithography Co. Ltd (printers (people))

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 1016 mm, Width: 762 mm

Descriptive line

Edward Henry Potthast. Poster for the Barnum & Bailey circus. American, 1895

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1939, published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, London, 1950

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Horse; Circuses (performances); Clowns

Categories

Posters; Entertainment & Leisure; Prints; Advertising

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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