Lord George Sanger Circus Poster (Knight and Forster, 1902). Poster (30" X 38.5").
    "Lord" George Sanger was the most successful circus entrepreneur of the 19th century. An eccentric millionaire notorious for being a smart dresser, thus nicknamed "Lord," Sanger was instantly recognizable by his shiny top hat and diamond tie pin. He started in business at the age of 15 selling sticky rock confectionery. In 1853 with his brother, John, he opened a circus which toured the country. By its 1855 tour to Liverpool, Sanger's Circus was playing before large audiences. Soon after this, Sanger introduced lions and other wild animals into the touring circus, boosting its popularity further. Sanger was responsible for introducing the 3-ring circus, enabling audiences to watch more than one act at a time. This was taken up by the great American circuses Barnum & Bailey and the Ringling Brothers. Offered here is a gorgeous stone lithograph poster signed in the plate by D. Hand, produced most likely late in Sanger's career. It has been conserved on linen and displays beautifully. The original snipe that was attached to the poster is included, giving us an indication of the poster's date. There were only two small tears in the top border, and some mild fold wear. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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