The mediums of performance and exhibition served a purpose above and beyond just that of popular entertainment for 19th century British society. Spectators at circuses, zoological gardens, and other public events were simultaneously amused and exposed to many of the scientific and industrial advances of the era. This exhibition displays works on paper that represent the significance of human and animal exhibition, as well as balloon flight - domains where this crossover between education and entertainment was most palpable.
Created from highlights of the Tibbals European Collection, Science and the Spectator displays posters, advertising materials, and prints that illustrate the popularity and significance of human and animal exhibition as well as air balloon flight.
William Benjamin Sarsfield, Irish (1781-1850) Interior of the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, c. 1815 Promised Gift of Howard and Janice Tibbals, 2004, ht8000077