In the 19th century, as in the modern era, most circuses were travelling shows where the entertainment consisted of acrobats, clowns, illusionists and a small number of performing animals. Sanger’s Circus – advertised here – was unusual in that it had a permanent base at The Amphitheatre on Westminster Bridge Road in London. This allowed the owner George Sanger to stage massive entertainments involving hundreds of people and large animals such as the elephant depicted here.