March 26, 2021

Episode 4: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Two

Episode 4: Ricketts' Circus in the Capital City, Part Two

The second of our four-part Adventure about John Bill Ricketts, the equestrian and showman, famous for being the originator of the American Circus. In this episode, we look at the influence of the English equestrian Phillip Astley, and how the equestrian circus was developing into an international form of popular entertainment in the late 18th Century.

(Image: copyright of the Trustees of the British Museum, used by permission)

Blog post: "Phillip Astley"
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