Caricature of P T Barnum and Jumbo the elephant
Caricature of Phineas Taylor (PT) Barnum (1810-1891), American showman and businessman, and Jumbo the African elephant which he bought for his circus from London Zoo in 1882. The sale caused public outrage in Britain. "If you take Jumbo, Mr Barnum, and he should revenge himself, don't expect any sympathy from the English people."
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'Lord' George Sanger's horses at auction, London
'Lord' George Sanger (1827-1911) was an English showman and circus proprietor who ran shows and circuses throughout much of the 19th century and early 20th with his brother John. He retired in 1905 and was murdered by an insane employee in November 1911. After his death his stud of horses and ponies was put up for auction at Park Farm, East Finchley. This picture shows the auction with a team of Skewbald mares being sold.
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'Lord' George Sanger's funeral procession
The funeral procession of 'Lord' George Sanger (1827-1911), leaving Park Farm in East Finchley, north London. Sanger was a famous circus impresario, staging spectacular shows at large venues such as Astley's Amphitheatre and the Agricultural Hall in Islington. His memoir, Seventy Years a Showman, was published in 1908. Sadly, he was killed in late November 1911 by an insane employee at his farm in East Finchley. The funeral was a grand affair, and the roads from Finchley to Holborn Viaduct Station were lined with people sheltering from the heavy rain under black umbrellas. The coffin was transferred to a special train to Margate, where he was buried in the Sanger family grave.
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