The Earl of Lonsdale at Bertram Mills Circus, 1935
Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale (1857 - 1944), English nobleman. The second son of the 3rd Earl of Lonsdale, he succeeded his brother, the 4th Earl, in 1882. Lord Lonsdale was an avid sportsman and bon vivant and was known by some as "England's greatest sporting gentleman". He was a founding member of the National Sporting Club and he donated the original Lonsdale Belts for boxing. His name was also given to a clothing brand of boxing garments, worn by Muhammad Ali. Pictured here with cigar in mouth at Olympia, where he went, in character of President of Bertram Mills's Circus to view the opening performance and, as usual, present bouquets to the lady members of the company. Date: 1935
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
William Caxton in his workshop
'Great nobles visited Caxton's workshop.' William Caxton (c.1422-1492), English merchant and printer, the first to introduce the printing press to England and the first English seller of printed books, is visited in his workshop by noblemen keen to look at his books.
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