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The Art of the Traditional Circus by Dr. Robert Fountain Circus book
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The Art of the Traditional Circus Circus book by Dr. Robert Fountain.
The modern circus is about 250 years old.
Started by a retired Sergeant-major of
Dragoons in a field off the Lambeth Marsh
Road in London it grew to become one of the world’s
largest entertainment businesses. In spite of its many
ups and downs the artistes of the Traditional Circus
remain a closely knit, international family resilient
and dedicated to their art. Today their way-of-life is
under threat from bureaucracy, legislation, regulation
and the Animal Rights Movement.
This book outlines the history of this unique,
beguiling, travelling festival of fun, danger and skill
and is both embellished and amplified by the work of
artists who were seduced by its spectacle. The 160
illustrations, mostly in colour, include paintings by 52
different artists from Toulouse Lautrec, Jack Yeats and
Dame Laura Knight up to the contemporary artists
Malcolm Coward and Susie Whitcombe. Through
their paintings one is able to savour the spirit of the
Traditional Circus with its inventory of trained exotic
and domesticated animals.