|Artist||John Doman Turner|
|Medium||Scroll, Pencil and watercolour on paper|
|Dimensions||Height: 22.5 cm, Length: 743 cm|
Described by the V&A as a ‘very long paper frieze rolled around wooden ‘cotton reel’ composed of a series of pencil drawings and watercolours of fairs and fairgrounds attractions at Southwold, including images of Gallopers and Pinders and Kayes Brothers circuses, Clyde and Staffs Cottages, fairground workers and fairground booths, 1934. Inscribed Trinity Fair, South Green, Southwold, Monday 28 May 1934; Pinder’s Circus, Carter’s Marsh, Southwold, Friday August 3rd 1934, and Southwold Common, Monday 20th August 1934.
The scroll was purchased for the Theatre Museum in London in the early 1980’s. As part of our research, we were able to identify this piece of work The Fairground Frieze as John Doman Turner’s. We tracked it down at V&A’s Blythe House in 2016.
The ‘Fairground Frieze’ is referenced on the Victoria & Albert Museum’s website, but not on display.
The website describes this work as ‘Frieze or panorama of fairground, fairground attractions and circuses at Southwold, Suffolk, 1934.’