11: Barnum & Bailey / Carl Clair's Band. 1895
Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 38 x 30 in./96.5 x 76.2 cm Strobridge Litho, Cincinnati Carl Clair (née George Smith) was Barnum & Bailey's premiere bandmaster from 1893 to 1907. Starting out with the King & Franklin Circus in the midwest, Clair moved on to Barnum & Bailey after Jim Robinson left the position vacant. He and his band of approximately 30 musicians accompanied the circus on its European tour, and he would remain with Barnum until his death in 1907, after which his lead bass player took over his role as music director.