Van Amburgh was so popular that other kinds of inexpensive ceramics, along with transferware, were made as souvenirs. It is possible that the ceramics were sold at the theaters where Van Amburgh performed.
|Mr. Van Amburgh Staffordshire figure|
|The back of the Staffordshire figure seen above. I like the leopard clinging to Van Amburgh's shoulders.|
|A 6.75 inch relief-molded jug with Van Amburgh and his lions and other large cats. Notice the lion handle.|
Van Amburgh was known as "The Lion King," but it appears he was king through extreme animal cruelty. There were complaints about Van Amburgh's training methods at a time when slavery was still legal in much of the world, including the United States. That said, Van Amburgh died in bed of a coronary in 1865. No revenge of the beasts for him.
One more photo. Here is Van Amburgh in his youth. The lithograph is from The National Portrait Gallery in London.