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Ducrow, Andrew (1793-1842)



  • Existence: 1793 - 1842


Andrew Ducrow was a British circus performer, who famously owned Astley's Amphitheatre. Andrew was born on 10 October 1793 in Southwark, Surrey. His father Peter Ducrow was a strongman performer from Belgium who moved to England the year andrew was born.

Andrew was trained in a wide range of circus performance arts from the age of three. By the time he was fifteen he had become chief equestrian and ropedancer at Astley’s, where his father worked. In 1813 Peter Ducrow acquired the Royal Circus and Andrew left Astley’s to go with him. However, the Royal Circus was unsuccessful, and Andrew returned to Astley’s to perform trick-riding. In 1814, Andrew became the head of the family upon his father’s death and started to tour around France with various circuses including Cirque Olympique and Franconi’s Circus. When he returned to England, he became the co-proprietor of Astley’s and achieved great success until his death on 27 January 1842. Astley’s was taken over by William Batt and the business by Joseph Hillier.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Amphitheatre Poster, Monday 9 November 1829 and rest of the week

Reference code: 178R47.25
Scope and Contents Mr. Ducrow as Rob Roy or the Mountain Shepherd equestrian act, Greek Soldier, Lilliputian Bonaparte and his pygmy war horse equestrian act, Mr. Ducrow and Miss Woolford double tightrope act, Russians and Turks combat, The Attack of the Courier, Col. Ross and the Officers of the Fourth Dragoon Guards, Mr. Ducrow as the Grecian Statue. Black type on off white background with illustration of man stood up on horse back holding a shield and sword on top section. Printed by H. Bellerby, Printer,...
Dates: Monday 9 November 1829 and rest of the week

Bertram Mills' Circus at Olympia Programme, Monday 21 December 1925 - Saturday 23 January 1926

Reference code: 178K43.493
Scope and Contents

Decorative cover containing a colour illustration of Mr Ducrow as the Courier of St. Petersburgh on card on the front cover and programme inside clown in a white outfit with red border ruffles holding a tray full of miniature lions and two black and white horses galloping underneath on a blue background on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white illustrations and photographs of scenes, performers and acts with text and articles and commercial advertising, 24p.p.

Dates: Monday 21 December 1925 - Saturday 23 January 1926

Bertram Mills Circus Programmes, c1900 - 1999

Reference code: 178K43.488-548
Scope and Contents

Bertram Mills Circus programmes at Olympia and travelling shows.

Dates: c1900 - 1999

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Drury Lane Attraction Poster, 1838

Reference code: 178R47.2
Scope and Contents

Madame Albertazzi, Mdlle. H. Elsler, Mr. Ducrow, Double stud of horses, Mr. Van Amburgh animal trainer, Grieve's New Scenery, Charlemagne or the Fete of the Forest. Black type on off white backgound. Printed by W. Wright Printer, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Dates: 1838

Ducrow Royal Amphitheatre Poster, 29 October 1829

Reference code: 178R47.21
Scope and Contents Splendid Cavalcade by 12 horses, Master Brown as The Greek Youth, Mr. Ducrow and Pegasus, My Grandmother on Horseback, Mr. Ducrow on The Tar's Vicissitudes, The Lilliputian Bonaparte and his War Horse, Miss Woolford, J. Ducrow and Lloyd clows, Messrs. Fillingham, Yates and Widdicomb riding masters, Master Bridges on the elastic cord, Crusaders, Grand Tournament, A L'Outrance, The Games of Cupid and Zephyr, Mademoiselle Lucie de Fanconi, The Courier of St. Petersburgh. Black type on off...
Dates: 29 October 1829

Ducrow's Benefit Poster, 7 September 1829

Reference code: 178R47.24
Scope and Contents

Bonaparte's Passage of the Great St. Bernard, panoramic drama, Mr. Ducrow's enactment of the Venetian Statue, Mr. Ducrow and Miss Woolford double tightrope act, St. George and the Dragon, Miss Woolford equestrian act, Herr Adolphe Berg equestrian act, Liberty or the Flight of the Saracens, Messrs. J. Ducrow, Lloyd and MacDonald clowns, Messrs. Yates and Widdicomb equestrian act, Cataract of the Ganges. Black type on off white background.

Dates: 7 September 1829

Ducrow's Royal Amphitheatre Poster, Monday 26 October - Wednesday 28 October 1829

Reference code: 178R47.28
Scope and Contents The Union of the Nations, Master Brown as The Young Lancer and his Charger, The Countess of Lilliput, My Grandmother on Horseback, The Roman Galdiator, The Flight of Mercury, Greek Soldier, Fairy Horses, Mock Combat, Miss Woolford and Master Bridges on the elastic cord, Madamoiselle Lucie de Franconi, The Enebriated Huzzar, Yorkshire Sportsman and his Bareback Hunters. Black type on off white background with illustration of male rider standing on two horses while jumping an obstacle on top...
Dates: Monday 26 October - Wednesday 28 October 1829

Mr. Ducrow as the Courier of St. Petersburgh Print, c1800 - 1899

Reference code: 178V11.17
Scope and Contents

Woodcut on paper published by R. Lloyd and G. Skelt. Black and white illustration of a man in uniform riding standing up on five horses and carrying seven flags.

Dates: c1800 - 1899

Original Artwork, c1800 - 2000

Reference code: 178V11
Scope and Contents

Original works of art including artists' prints, drawings, watercolours and paintings, and designs for circus posters.

Dates: c1800 - 2000

Posters, c1800 - 2011

Reference code: 178R47
Scope and Contents

A wide range of British and international circus and menagerie posters ranging from the 19th to the 21st century including Astley's Amphitheatre, Pablo Fanque, Polito, Bostock and Wombwell, Ducrow, Cooke, Hengler, Sanger, Smart, Gerry Cottle, Bertram Mills, Chipperfield's, Robert Brothers, Fossett, Blackpool Tower, Billy Russell, Belle Vue, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Austen Brothers and many more.

Dates: c1800 - 2011

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian Circus Posters, c1800 - 1930

Reference code: 178R47.1-51
Scope and Contents

Early circus and menagerie posters including Polito's menagerie, Astley's Amphitheatre and Pablo Fanque's, Sanger's, Powell's, Ducrow's, Cooke's and Hengler's circuses among others.

Dates: c1800 - 1930

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Animal trainers 7
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