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Study for 'Circus'

© The Estate of Ian Breakwell. All rights reserved. DACS 2024. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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According to the artist: 'On a visit to Glasgow in 1977 I noticed, at the junction of Scott Street and Sauchiehall Street, a brick wall into which was set a fragment of an old brick archway. It turned out to be part of the original structure of the Hippodrome home of Hengler's Circus, which occupied this site from 1904 to 1924. Research in Glasgow revealed it to have been a magic world. Just a few yards away from the everyday reality of Sauchiehall Street, Hengler's motor-powered sinking circus ring would convert the arena into a ten feet deep lake within minutes, into this lake horses plunged from great heights.'

British Council Collection



Study for 'Circus'




photomontage, text & acetate on card


H 40 x W 34.7 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from Angela Flowers Gallery, 1978

Work type

Mixed media & collage


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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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