Drawing, Design for “The Greatest Show on Earth” Poster, March 12, 1942

  • Creator: @cooperhewitt, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
  • Year: 1942
  • Location: United States

At center, two elephants standing on their hind legs, wearing pink ballet tutus, with a yellow spotlight shinging on them from upper left. At right, a red, white and blue, podium, upon which a ballet dancer stands with hands raised. The podium is inscribed in black text: BUY DEFENSE BONDS. At top, in white text, partially colored in yellow and blue: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. Below, on right, in tan text: PRESENTS 50 / FAMOUS ELEPHANTS / WITH BEAUTIFUL GIRLS; at left: IN AN ORIGINAL BALLET / COMPOSED BY IGOR STRAVINSKY / STAGED BY GEORGE BALANCHINE. At bottom in yellow and blue text: RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY.

Drawing, Design for “The Greatest Show on Earth” Poster, March 12, 1942; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); USA; brush and poster paint on board; 61.2 × 45.5 cm (24 1/8 × 17 15/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-157

Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer

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