X1661 The Circus by Russell Reeve


Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s.

By Russell Reeve


Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass to prevent fading
Image size: 75cm x 48cm
Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm


Reeve attended Norwich School of Art (1908) before training as an architect. After the First World War he turned to art again, studying at the Slade (1919-22). He taught at Hornsey Art School. He often chose for his subject matter the landscape and people of East Anglia but later on turned to Mediterranean themes. The Circus was thought attractive in its warm, strong colours, but with none of the six figures facing outwards (although the horse does) the children might have found it hard to get involved. (1992, Chloe Bennett, Russell Sidney Reeve: Selected Works (exhibition catalogue), Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich)