The Circus, Blackpool Tower, in the 1920s.
The Tower Circus is world-famed as the most unique and beautiful circus building
in existence. Designed on the rich decorative lines of a Moroccan Sultan's palace it is the world's
number one permanent circus, and every season its arena provides a pageant of internationally famed
stars who come to the Tower Circus from the four corners of the globe. It also has a ring that can
be lowered in an instant to transform the arena into an artificial lake on which water spectacles
of translucent beauty are presented. (From the 1925 Tower Guide).
'The Tower Circus' One of a series of watercolours by Fortunino Matania
commissioned by the Directors of the Blackpool Tower Company. They were used to illustrate
their Souvenir programmes in the late 1920s. Six of these Matania watercolours: 'The Blackpool
Palace Italian Lounge', 'The Blackpool Tower Oriental Village'; 'The Blackpool Circus'; 'The Palace
Theatre'; 'The Tower Ballroom Pavillion'; and 'The Tower Cafe Restaurant' were sold by Christies,
London, in 1993 for £4,620.