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Mr Henry Bartine, trapezien

Date: 1864
Dimensions:
Overall: 185 x 152 mm, 40 g
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00028541
Place Manufactured:Melbourne

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    Description
    This engraving from the Illustrated Melbourne Post depicts a portrait of the trapezien Mr Henry Bartine who performed in Australia as part of the British-American Circus.
    SignificanceThis engraving is representative of the advertisments for American entertainers touring Australia in the 1860s and 1870s.
    HistoryDuring the mid 19th century, entertainers from all over the world criss-crossed the Pacific between Australia and the United States. Like the thousands of gold prospectors, these entertainers saw the gold fields as an opportunity to strike it rich - but not by finding gold. They came in response to the demand for entertainment and amusement of the miners. American circuses, theatre and minstrel groups performed to thousands of miners in make shift tents, hotels and halls. Both Sydney and Melbourne developed major theatres, such as the Royal, which hosted diverse and sophisticated international performances.

    In December 1862, Melbourne's The Argus newspaper featured an advertisement for the British-American Circus, stating that at 5.30pm 'the wondrous BARTINE will make his first appearance in the Australian Colonies in his miraculous Zampillaerostation, or, Flying Trapesien' and that at 9.30 'the wondrous BARTINE will go through his great Sensation performances, illuminated with Brilliant Fires'.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: BARTINE, THE TRAPEZIEN, APPEARING IN THE ILLUSTRATED MELBOURNE POST, DEPICTS MR HENRY BARTINE, THE TRAPEZIEN, STANDING WITH HIS ARMS FOLDED

    Web title: Mr Henry Bartine, trapezien

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