In early 2017, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
The subject, famous as Coco the Clown, was born in Calcutta, India, and began his circus career at the age of three. From the late 1870s until the early 1920s, when he retired, he was one of the most popular and famous performers under the Big Top. His home was in Jacksonville, Florida, and he became known as "the health and education clown" in the Florida public schools.
Gift of the artist
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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