Emmett KellyJr., Hang’n On
Print on CanvasT his is actually Emmett Kelly Jr. (1924-2006), this was a photo taken by Jim Kidd of Tombstone AZ of EKJ and was used in a calendar and other publications. Guessing someone copied it to canvus. But thought you should know it’s Emmett Jr, not “Sr”.
Size: 7.5″ x 9″
Fair Market Value: $90.00
Emmett Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979), a native of Sedan, Kansas, was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure “Weary Willie,” based on the hobos of the Depression era. Kelly began his career as a trapeze artist. By 1923, Emmett Kelly was working his trapeze act with John Robinson’s circus when he met and married Eva Moore, another circus trapeze artist. They later performed together as the “Aerial Kellys” with Emmett still performing occasionally as a white face clown.
Weary Willie” was a tragic figure: a clown, who could usually be seen sweeping up the circus rings after the other performers. He tried but failed to sweep up the pool of light of a spotlight. His routine was revolutionary at the time: traditionally, clowns wore white face and performed slapstick stunts intended to make people laugh. Kelly did perform stunts too—one of his most famous acts was trying to crack a peanut with a sledgehammer—but as a tramp, he also appealed to the sympathy of his audience.