Never Here Before: Wonderful Phenomena of Nature. Patronized by her present majesty, Queen Victoria. At Hyde Park Fair, 1838.
Never Here Before: Wonderful Phenomena of Nature. Patronized by her present majesty, Queen Victoria. At Hyde Park Fair, 1838.
Never Here Before: Wonderful Phenomena of Nature. Patronized by her present majesty, Queen Victoria. At Hyde Park Fair, 1838.
Never Here Before: Wonderful Phenomena of Nature. Patronized by her present majesty, Queen Victoria. At Hyde Park Fair, 1838.

Never Here Before: Wonderful Phenomena of Nature. Patronized by her present majesty, Queen Victoria. At Hyde Park Fair, 1838.

Hanley, England: J.C. Westbrook, Printer, 1838. Broadside, 19.75” x 7.25”.

A scarce broadside for an exhibition featuring a Welsh dwarf, a “white negro,” Hottentot Venus, and exotic imported animals.

This performance was held at a fair in Hyde Park during Queen Victoria’s coronation which took place at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 28 June 1838—a year after Victoria, aged eighteen, became Queen of the British Empire on 20 June 1837 when her uncle William IV died. The pageantry and entertainment attracted some 400,000 souls. The broadside invites ladies and gentlemen “to behold a most pleasing collection of natural productions, in a large and comfortable caravan.” The exhibition was illuminated with gas, and the proprietor here assures the public he has spared no expense to render the exhibition justly deserving of their patronage.

Some of the performers:

Master Randel, the Gigantic Devonshire Youth—“in the nineteenth year of his age; standing seven feet six inches in height, measuring twelve inches round the wrist. This extraordinary youth must be seen to be credited; for he is justly to be termed the REAL ENGLISH COLOSSUS! not to be equaled in the world!!!”

Mr. Jones, the celebrated Welsh Dwarf—“a Welsh Gentleman, who for size, demeanor, and affability of manners, challenges all Dwarfs now traveling in Europe; he is a gentleman of profound education, conversant in several languages, and universally esteemed to be the most intelligent little man now traveling. In fact, the extraordinary abilities of this Dwarf cannot be expressed within the limits of this advertisement."

Hottentot Venus!!—“Engaged by the proprietor for a limited period, alive; just arrived from Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, in the ship Vulture, and engaged by the proprietor at a great expense. This wonderful female is about four feet high, and is twenty-two years of age. Her soft curled hair, as fine as silk, is a jet and glossy black, having a thick bushy appearance. Her eyes are black as sloes, and her countenance pleasant and amiable. Her muscular strength is unrivaled. She will take the heaviest man present on her back, and wheel him round with great rapidity, and with as much ease as if he were an infant. She will also perform several gymnastic feats, to the astonishment and amusement of the audience. She is the second female of this kind that has ever been exhibited in this country.”

The Six Banded Armadillo; Or Hog in Armour, similar to the Rhinoceros—“This animal is perfectly harmless, and is defended from any external injury, by a number of strong shells, which fold over each other like those of the Rhinoceros, and are of a hard bony substance.”

A White Negro from Barbadoes, West Indies—“whose skin is as white as snow, and hair also white, growing luxuriantly over his shoulders.”

An Immense Boa Constrictor Serpent, from Ceylon—“the largest and finest now traveling.”

A Beautiful Anaconda, Or the Sea Serpent of America. An Enormous Crocodile, and an Alligator.

Also exhibited were a “pair of Sanguins or Marmazettes and a Guiana.”

No copies recorded in Worldcat.

CONDITION: Some creasing and wear at top and bottom, some wear to margins, horizontal tear at middle expertly reinforced at verso.

Item #5827

Price: $475.00

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