Joseph Grimaldi

The actor Joseph Grimaldi as Clown in the pantomime Harlequin and Friar Bacon by Bonnor and O’Keefe staged at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden London in 1820. Detail from hand-coloured etching by George Cruikshank (1792 – 1878), first published in the 19th century.

Joseph Grimaldi photo gallery

Photo gallery for Joseph Grimaldi, the father of modern clowning.

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Joseph Grimaldi as Clown

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

Product description of Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Charles Dickens, Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi (1778 – 1837), one of the greatest English clowns and pantomimes of all time, was born in London to an Italian ballet-master and a dancer in the theatre’€™s corps-de-ballet. The death of Grimaldi’€™s father when he was nine plunged the family […]

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Joseph Grimaldi as Clown

Joseph Grimaldi – the healing power of humor

An example of the healing power of humor from the life of Joseph Grimaldi “In the July of this year a very extraordinary circumstance occurred at Sadler’s Wells, which was the great topic of conversation in the neighborhood for some time afterward. It happened thus:

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Joseph Grimaldi as Clown

Joseph Grimaldi, father of modern clowning

Joseph Grimaldi (December 18, 1778 – May 31, 1837) Inducted into the 1990 Clown Hall of Fame, Joseph Grimaldi was one of the greatest English pantomimes. His father was Giuseppit Grimaldi (died 1788), an Italian dancing master and pantomimist. Joseph’s stage debut was at 3 years old in a dance at Sadler’€™s Wells, London’s famous […]

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