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19th Century English School/Portrait of Jumbo the Elephant at London Zoo Circus/oil on canvas, 86.5cm x 109.5cm/Note: Jumbo was sold by the London Zoo to Barnum & Bailey Circus for £2,000 in 1882, 100,000 school children wrote to Queen Victoria begging her not to sell the elephant, John Ruskin, a fellow of the Zoological Society wrote in The Morning Post in February 1882 'I , for one of the said fellows, am not in the habit of selling my old pets or parting with my old servants because I find them subject occasionally, perhaps even periodically, to fits of ill temper and I not only regret the proceedings of the council, but disclaim them utterly, as disgraceful to the city of London and dishonourable to common humanity'. Jumbo died at a railway yard in Ontario Canada in 1885/

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19th Century English School/Portrait of Jumbo the

Estimate £3,000 - £5,000Jul 23, 2019
Starting Bid £1,500