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England
TIGHTROPE WALKER, PROBABLY THE CLOWN TONKINSON
LOT SOLD. 1,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
64
England
TIGHTROPE WALKER, PROBABLY THE CLOWN TONKINSON
LOT SOLD. 1,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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TIGHTROPE WALKER, PROBABLY THE CLOWN TONKINSON
mounted on a velvet lined maple frame, the frame crudely incised BLONDIN 
gilt-brass
45 by 37.5cm; 18 by 14in.
19th century
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Catalogue Note

Other examples of this rare figure have been identified as the clown Tonkinson, although no contemporary records of him have been found. The triple-tufted wig and tights are typical of the French performers of the day, which perhaps explains why he was previously thought to be the French daredevil Charles Blondin. In June 1859, Blondin made history in when he strung a 1,300-foot rope between the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls and calmly strolled across the chasm, even pausing along the way to enjoy a few swigs from a bottle of wine in true Gallic style.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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