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Two artotypes of Jumbo

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MS. Photogr. c. 572, fols. 43-44

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Two artotypes by Edward Bierstadt (1824-1906), 58 & 60 Reade Street, New York, of Jumbo the Elephant.
  1. 'Jumbo. The largest Elephant ever seen by mortal man, wild or in captivity. The property of Messrs. Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson. cost $30.000'. 9.8 x 13.4cm mounted on 10.7 x 15.3cm card.
  2. 'Jumbo'. 9.7 x 13.4cm mounted on 10.2 x 14.7cm card.


  • 1882


2 items

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Photogr. c. 572, fols. 43-44

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20593


Two artotypes of Jumbo.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Bierstadt was born in Prussia in 1824 and moved to the Unites States as a boy. He opened a photographic studio in New York in 1860 and produced stereoscopic photographs. He died in 1906.

Jumbo was an African bush elephant, born in Sudan in 1860, imported to Europe and moved to London Zoo in 1865 where he became a favourite with visitors. In 1882 he was sold to the American showman Phineas T. Barnum and moved to the USA where he toured with Barnum's circus, advertised as the world's largest elephant. Jumbo was killed in a train accident in Canada in 1885.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

One artotype purchased from H.P. Kraus and one donated to the Bodleian by H.P. Kraus in 2020.
Catalogue of Two Artotypes of Jumbo
Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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