Circus Sideshow Banner

An original sideshow banner painted in oils on canvas depicting the work of Fred Johnson, circa mid part of the 20th century…

SKU: RC0190.

Product Description

An original oil on canvas sideshow banner…

Here we have something pretty special. An original hand painted sideshow banner originating from New York City. Although we are unsure of the exact age of this piece, we understand from the previous owner that the provenance dates it to the mid part of the 20th century, circa 1960s, maybe a little later

Having previously been hung in a restaurant in New York, this is one of a collection of four that we now have in our possession. Based on the original work by Fred Johnson, the banner was personally painted by an exceptional artist resulting in a depiction of some of Fred’s work…

“Fred Johnson was a prolific sideshow banner artist whose career spanned 65 years. His banner paintings were displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933 and by circuses such as Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, and Clyde Beatty. He has been called the “Picasso” of circus art…”

This particular piece ‘The Devil Child’ is simply stunning. It’s large in size, stretching just over 1.5 metres in length therefore creating a statement piece for a wall. Painted with oils on a canvas style material, the subject matter and colours are enchanting, yet the surface patina and current condition are what add the charm and authenticity. With leather buckles and metal eyelets in each of the four corners, the banner is ready to be hung in your home or to grace a wall in a retail environment or maybe foodery

We are offering this piece in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. The banner is in great condition structurally, with some surface scars and abrasions, paint chipping and some small tatty areas. We don’t believe the small areas of wear and tear are detrimental to the overall structure or look and feel. Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…

We welcome offers on the entire collection of four banners listed

Dimensions : Depth : 0.3cm, Width : 154cm, Height : 96cm

Condition : Structurally good, some surface marks and scratches, some paint loss, a little tatty and dirty in places,

Postage : Small Item £7 or local collection

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm or personal viewing is available via appointment. Please do get in touch 07592 534 977

Additional Information

Dimensions 0.3 x 154 x 96 cm