Tom Lovell (1909-1997)
Blondin Crossing Niagara
signed 'Tom/Lovell' (lower left)
oil on masonite
23¼ x 24⅝ in. (59 x 62.5 cm.)

Private collection.
Acquired by the present owner circa 2003.
"Blondin Crossing Niagara," True Magazine, 1953, illustrated.
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The present work 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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