The Victorian Circus in Paintings

A masterpiece in motion, many artists captured the event on canvas. Brush strokes revive circus grandeur from the artistic stylings of George Seurat's pointillism to the authentic detail of James Tissot.


While the history of carnival celebrations can be traced across the globe over many centuries, the modern-day carnival concept was truly a 19th century invention, originating at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Shortly thereafter, carnival companies began touring the nation, performing at county fairs and civic events. They lured in the crowds with their tantalizing... Continue Reading →

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