Circus News

Amazing Photos Emerge of 19th Century Traveling Performers

 

  • The collection of over 150 images tells the story of the circus of the great showman ‘Lord’ George Sanger 
  • Several photos show a menagerie of exotic animals including lions and elephants used as part of the act
  • The album has emerged for auction at Dominic Winter Auctions of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, for £1,000

Remarkable photos capturing life in a 19th century touring circus which twice performed for the Queen have come to light.

The collection of over 150 images tells the story of the circus of the great showman, ‘Lord’ George Sanger who performed for Queen Victoria at Sandringham in 1885 and Balmoral in 1898.

One fascinating photo shows the whole troupe of 30 performers in front of the circus ring with the acrobats forming a three-people-high human pyramid in the background.

Another depicts a man stood on another man’s shoulders who himself is straddling two horses.

There are several images of a menagerie of exotic animals including caged lions and elephants used as part of the act that would surely horrify the RSPCA today.

Link to Full Article and Photos at the Daily Mail

 

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