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Robert Riggs (1896-1970).
"On the Lot." Lithograph, c.1934. Signed and titled in pencil, Inscribed "47." Edition unknown, printing less than 100. Image size 12 1/8 x 17 7/8" (30 x 44.5 cm).
According to Bassham "The clown in the bulbous costume may be Lou Jacobs; The clown with the dogs may be Willie Moser; a member of the Chinese troupe of tumblers, the Wen Hais, is doing the handstand."
Lou Jacobs (1902-1992) is one of the most recognizable clowns in circus history, preforming for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 60 years. He preformed in the Auguste style - a silly, clumsy and/or foolish character meant to bring comic relief.
Willie Moser and Wen Hais troupe also a performed for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for a time.
"The Lithographs of Robert Riggs." Ben Bassam #48.
Generally good condition, a few creases in the margins.