Friday, 7 December 2012

The Amazing Professor Risley

The cover for the in-house magazine of the Foreign Correspondents' Club magazine is about Professor Risley – who, almost exactly as it says on the cover, took the circus to Japan and introduced Japan to the world via the acrobatic group he formed in Japan and toured in America and Europe immediately after Japan opened to the world. He also did a whole hell of a lot more (apart from visiting the east and west coasts of America, Australia, India, Singapore, Europe and China by sail), as is uncovered in Frederik Schodt's fascinating book, Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe which is what the feature is about. We got scans from the publisher for the cover (originally from The Illustrated London News) which enabled me to have fun with a circus-poster front cover.

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