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Ricketts, Francis

British, active 1810

Biography
Francis and his brother John Bill were circus performers. British by birth, the two came to the United States around the end of the eighteenth century. Francis is last recorded 1810 as a performer in the Boston circus. John Bill opened a circus in Philadelphia in 1793; for more information on John Bill see the commentary on the CMS for his portrait by Gilbert Stuart, now in the NGA (1942.14.1)
Bibliography
1990
Culhane, John. The American Circus, An Illustrated History. New York, 1990: 4
1990
Hoh, LeVahn G. and William H. Rough, Step Right Up! The Adventures of Circus in America. White Hall, Virginia, 1990: 55.
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