Poster for the Royal Agricultural Hall
Medium: Print on paper
This leaflet advertises the Cruft's dog show at the Agricultural Hall in Islington. Charles Cruft was the son of a jeweller, but had no intention of joining the family business. On leaving college, he went to work as a dog-biscuit salesman for James Spratt in Holborn. His new job entailed travel across Europe, and in 1878 he helped to organise and promote the canine section of the Paris Exhibition. Cruft returned to Britain, believing that dog shows would be equally popular at home. The first Cruft's show was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington in 1891, and continue to this day at the NEC in Birmingham, a much larger venue.