National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Circus Wagon Lion Circus Wagon Lion
Rendered by Howard Weld (artist), c. 1937
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 38.1 x 50.3 cm (15 x 19 13/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 78" long
Index of American Design
1943.8.16434
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From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 13 of 26

The ornament of circus wagons was not intended to be studied carefully; it was meant to give a momentary impression in the passing parade. The same applied to the lavish floats depicting tableaux of historical or religious events. The carvings used for these purposes needed to be robust and colorful in order to have an effect as they passed by the crowds. This ferocious lion was designed to strike terror into the hearts of small children.

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