" Blondin Crossing Niagara "   Lot no. 3608

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By Tom Lovell (1909-1997)

1953 (Estimated)
23.25" x 24.63"
oil on masonite
Signed Lower Left

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This piece was published as an illustration in True Magazine titled "Blondin Crossing Niagara" in 1953. Born Jean-François Gravelet, Charles Blondin was an acrobat famous for crossing Niagara Falls on a single 1,100-foot-long tightrope on June 30, 1859. He performed the stunt several times thereafter and added several variations to the routine, such as crossing while blindfolded, wearing stilts, pushing a wheelbarrow and making an omelet at the halfway mark.

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