Monday, June 27, 2011

P.T. BARNUM by Linda Popple

6x6 Oil on Paper
Phineas Taylor Barnum 1810-1891

This is a painting for Carol Morgan's moleskin. Her theme is "Sides." Mr. Barnum was known for his sideshows which began when he was only 25 years old. He paid Joice Heath $1,000.00 to be put on exhibit. She claimed to be 161 years old and a nurse for George Washington. From this exhibit he made about $1,500.00 per week! And thus began the sideshow and soon his Barnum & Bailey Circus.

This was really fun to paint and also to learn more about P.T. Barnum. He was certainly an interesting person.


  1. Linda, I've been out of touch and behind in visiting blogs, this is a wonderful portrait and I love your take on Carol's theme of Sides. In addition to the great shadows on P.T. Barnum's face I really like that little swipe of turquoise by his forehead; very, very nice, Linda!

  2. Great portrait, Linda, and interesting tidbit on the beginning of the circus.

  3. Linda, I love my painting and the interesting story that goes with it! How wonderful!