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Filename: aa98_16300.jpg

Size: 4355 x 4339 (11.7MB)

Date: 3rd February 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

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Circus elephants a98_16300

Norwich, Norfolk. Interior of the Bertram Mills Circus tent showing performing elephants. Photographed by Hallam Ashley in 1948

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Media ID 11564728

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Animal Elephant Circus


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back to the enchanting world of the circus in 1948. Inside the grand Bertram Mills Circus tent, we are transported into a mesmerizing scene where performing elephants steal the show. The talented photographer Hallam Ashley has masterfully captured this moment, showcasing both the magnificence and gentleness of these majestic creatures. The image exudes an air of anticipation as we witness these incredible animals preparing for their awe-inspiring performances. Their sheer size is juxtaposed with their graceful movements, creating a sense of wonderment among spectators. Bathed in soft light filtering through the tent's canvas roof, every detail is beautifully highlighted - from each elephant's intricate wrinkles to their expressive eyes filled with intelligence and curiosity. As we gaze at this snapshot frozen in time, it serves as a poignant reminder of our shared history with these remarkable beings. It evokes memories of childhood dreams and wide-eyed excitement that circuses have always brought forth. Beyond mere entertainment, it prompts us to reflect on our responsibility towards animal welfare and conservation efforts today. Hallam Ashley's skillful lens transports us back to an era when circus elephants were celebrated performers rather than symbols of controversy. This print not only captures a fleeting moment but also preserves an important chapter in our cultural heritage – one that continues to spark conversations about compassion, respect, and coexistence between humans and animals alike.

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