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Clown Collection

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Background imageClown Collection: The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

Background imageClown Collection: Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December

Comedian Ken Dodd with his Diddy Man Dicky Mint at Whitley Bay Playhouse on 9th December 1989

Background imageClown Collection: Poster, Robert Brothers Circus, Caernarvon, Wales

Poster, Robert Brothers Circus, Caernarvon, Wales. circa 1960s

Background imageClown Collection: Joseph Grimaldi Clown

Joseph Grimaldi Clown
JOSEPH GRIMALDI 1778 - 1837 As a clown in the pantomime of Mother Goose. " Sir, I ll just trouble you with a line"

Background imageClown Collection: Pantomime Characters, Commedia dell Arte

Pantomime Characters, Commedia dell Arte - Clown, Harlequin, Columbine and Pantaloon. 19th century

Background imageClown Collection: The Brighton Pierrots, 1915 (oil on canvas)

The Brighton Pierrots, 1915 (oil on canvas)
6041475 The Brighton Pierrots, 1915 (oil on canvas) by Sickert, Walter Richard (1860-1942); 64x76.8 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; eAshmolean Museum; Image eAshmolean Museum

Background imageClown Collection: James Doughty, oldest clown in England

James Doughty, oldest clown in England
James Doughty of Brighton, at the time of this photograph the oldest clown in England, about to celebrate his 94th birthday. Seen here in costume with two of his performing dogs

Background imageClown Collection: Bertram Mills Circus

Bertram Mills Circus
A centaur style illustration, featuring a clown and a circus horse, adorn the cover of a programme for performances at Olympia, London

Background imageClown Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background imageClown Collection: Tower Circus / Blackpool

Tower Circus / Blackpool
Two girls perform tricks while riding a white horse. A clown holds a hoop with a paper surface which one of them has just leapt through

Background imageClown Collection: Barnum & Bailey Poster

Barnum & Bailey Poster
Poster for Barnum and Baileys Circus

Background imageClown Collection: Helter Skelter, Goose Fair, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Helter Skelter, Goose Fair, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageClown Collection: Circus Clown Pointing

Circus Clown Pointing
A young child, with a hoop decorated with flowers, rides on the back of a skewbald (brown and white) horse, while a clown stands and points

Background imageClown Collection: Punch, Toby, Clown

Punch, Toby, Clown
Mr Punch with Toby the dog and a clown

Background imageClown Collection: Girl in a Pierrot Costume

Girl in a Pierrot Costume in this stylised circular painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageClown Collection: Joseph Grimaldi Clown

Joseph Grimaldi Clown

Background imageClown Collection: Clowns / Victorian Scrap

Clowns / Victorian Scrap
A clown wearing dungarees with stripey socks

Background imageClown Collection: Twelfth Night: Feste, The Clown, Mr Courtice Pounds (colour litho)

Twelfth Night: Feste, The Clown, Mr Courtice Pounds (colour litho)
5212534 Twelfth Night: Feste, The Clown, Mr Courtice Pounds (colour litho) by Buchel, Charles A. (1872-1950); Private Collection; (add.info.: Feste, The Clown, Mr Courtice Pounds)

Background imageClown Collection: Happy Clown

Happy Clown
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Background imageClown Collection: Casino (Il ridotto), Second Half of the 18th cen Artist: Longhi, Pietro, (Circle of)

Casino (Il ridotto), Second Half of the 18th cen Artist: Longhi, Pietro, (Circle of)
Casino (Il ridotto), Second Half of the 18th cen.. Found in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageClown Collection: Victorian Scrap showing Circus Performers

Victorian Scrap showing Circus Performers in a Big Top Circus Ring, including a lady balancing on a performing horse and a clown holding a hoop. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageClown Collection: Jack in a box, smiling clown puppet popping out of red wooden box with arms extended to sides

Jack in a box, smiling clown puppet popping out of red wooden box with arms extended to sides, front view

Background imageClown Collection: The Apple by Kay Nielsen

The Apple by Kay Nielsen. A very pale Pierrot sits in a fantasy Garden of Eden holding up an apple picked from the tree behind, around which a snake is coiled... Date: 1932

Background imageClown Collection: Vaslav Nijinsky / Clown

Vaslav Nijinsky / Clown
VASLAV NIJINSKY Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, seen here in the role of Petrushka Date: 1890 - 1950

Background imageClown Collection: BOOK WEEK, 1960. Hurray for books! Poster by Maurice Sendak, 1960

BOOK WEEK, 1960. Hurray for books! Poster by Maurice Sendak, 1960

Background imageClown Collection: Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Background imageClown Collection: The Pier - Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

The Pier - Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. Date: circa 1908

Background imageClown Collection: People wearing masks and costumes at the Venice Carnival

People wearing masks and costumes at the Venice Carnival
Carnival goers take to the streets dressed in their finest costumes and masks to parade around St. Marks Square, celebrating the Venice Carnival in Italy. The theme for 2013 is Live in Colour

Background imageClown Collection: Pierrot clown

Pierrot clown
Man in fancy dress wearing a pierrot clown outfit with white face soft pointed hat, green neck ruff and pom-poms to the feet

Background imageClown Collection: Young women in fancy dress costumes

Young women in fancy dress costumes
A group of young women dressed in fancy dress costumes preserve the moment for posterity with a photograph in studio. Three are dressed in variations on clown outfits

Background imageClown Collection: Always the Clown. Middlesbrough 1970s

Always the Clown. Middlesbrough 1970s 1970s

Background imageClown Collection: COMMEDIA DELL ARTE. Pantalone, the Dupe, in a performance of the Italian Commedia dell Arte

COMMEDIA DELL ARTE. Pantalone, the Dupe, in a performance of the Italian Commedia dell Arte. French woodcut, 17th century

Background imageClown Collection: Poe / Cask of Amontillado

Poe / Cask of Amontillado
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO Fortunato, dressed as a clown, is duped into a trip to the vaults

Background imageClown Collection: A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)

A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)
8600164 A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher)

Background imageClown Collection: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)
1770036 Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph) by D Ylen, Jean (1866-1938); 128x90 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets)

Background imageClown Collection: Theatre National de l Opera, Grand bal de la Mi-Careme, 1921

Theatre National de l Opera, Grand bal de la Mi-Careme, 1921. Private Collection

Background imageClown Collection: Leaving the Masqued Ball. Artist: Garcia y Ramos, Jose (1852-1912)

Leaving the Masqued Ball. Artist: Garcia y Ramos, Jose (1852-1912)
Leaving the Masqued Ball. Found in the collection of Museo Carmen Thyssen, Malaga

Background imageClown Collection: Clown heads on nine Victorian scraps

Clown heads on nine Victorian scraps. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageClown Collection: Xmas card. Clown with his pie and ale

Xmas card. Clown with his pie and ale
Traditional Victorian Christmas card Date: 1868

Background imageClown Collection: Gilbeys Ports advertisement

Gilbeys Ports advertisement
Bold and striking advertisement for Gilbeys port with two bottles and a glass of their finest helping to make the face of a grinning clown. Date: 1927

Background imageClown Collection: Nice Carnival - a decorated float

Nice Carnival - a decorated float
Nice Carnival, France - a decorated float depicting a clown riding a dragon

Background imageClown Collection: Girl in a Pierrot Costume

Girl in a Pierrot Costume in this stylised circular painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageClown Collection: Clown and Indians of the Olympia Circus, London, 1921

Clown and Indians of the Olympia Circus, London, 1921
Illustration showing Pimpo the clown and three Red Indians performing horseback stunts in the ring of the Olympia Circus, 1921. Date: 1921

Background imageClown Collection: Clown convention, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Clown convention, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageClown Collection: Clown on Bicycle Photo

Clown on Bicycle Photo
Harry, a guest of the Mayors Fancy Dress Ball poses in his costume, (that of a clown), on a bicycle in his back garden

Background imageClown Collection: 3 Dolls Harlequin C1810

3 Dolls Harlequin C1810
Harlequin, Pulcinello (Punch) and Bobeche (Clown)

Background imageClown Collection: The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas)

The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas)
1199485 The Wrestling Scene in As You Like It, 1854 (oil on canvas) by Maclise, Daniel (Croquis, Alfred) (1806-70); 129x177.1 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images



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Step right up and enter the whimsical world of clowns. From the enchanting Goose Fair in Nottingham to the iconic Pantomime Characters of Commedia dell Arte, these colorful jesters have been captivating audiences for centuries. Immerse yourself in history as you gaze upon Arthur Spooner's masterpiece, "The Brighton Pierrots. " Painted in 1915, this oil on canvas transports you to a bygone era where laughter echoed along seaside promenades. Meet James Doughty, England's oldest clown, whose timeless charm has brought joy to generations. Whether performing at Bertram Mills Circus or delighting crowds at Charles Green's balloon event in Stowmarket, his legacy lives on through his infectious smile and mischievous antics. Marvel at the vibrant Barnum & Bailey Poster that beckons you into a world filled with wonder and excitement. Join Punch, Toby, and Clown as they take center stage with their hilarious shenanigans that will leave you in stitches. Don't miss the Tower Circus in Blackpool where acrobats soar through the air while clowns bring laughter to all who witness their slapstick comedy. And if you dare venture onto the Helter Skelter at Goose Fair in Nottinghamshire, prepare for a thrilling ride down its spiral slide amidst an atmosphere of pure merriment. As we delve deeper into Victorian times with Clowns/Victorian Scrap collection, we discover how these jolly figures were cherished symbols of entertainment during an era known for its grandeur and extravagance. So next time you spot a circus clown pointing towards adventure or catch sight of a vintage photograph capturing their timeless allure – remember that behind those painted smiles lies an art form steeped in tradition and dedicated to spreading joy across continents.