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Lord George Sanger's 'Great Military Spectacle' even included scenes from the Indian Mutiney and finished with the Boer War.
These remarkable photos capture life in a 19th century touring circus which twice performed for the Queen.
The collection of over 150 images tells the story of the circus of 'Lord' George Sanger who performed for Queen Victoria at Sandringham in 1885 and at Balmoral Castle in 1898.
One remarkable photo shows the whole troupe of 30 performers in front of the circus ring with the acrobats forming a three people high human pyramid in the background.
Tragically, in 1911 Sanger was murdered with a hatchet at his home at Park Farm, Finchley, by employee Herbert Charles Cooper, who then committed suicide.