No. 542
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
January 28, 2022

Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg.

Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg, at the New York Circus, Fourteenth Street.
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Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg.

Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg.

Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg, at the New York Circus, Fourteenth Street. [more]

 

Mdlle. Carlotta de Berg.

The Celebrated Equestrienne.

The charming and wonderful artiste, whose performances are now delighting crowded and fashionable audiences at the New York Circus, was born some 22 years ago in the gay capital of France—Paris. So early did she develop her marvelous aptitude for horsemanship, that she made her first appearance at the Paris Circus when only four years old, and ever since she has been, as a child, girl and woman, the bright particular equestrienne star of Paris. With the exception of the time taken up to her professional tours, she has been engaged since 1851 at the Cirque Imperial, and occasionally the Cirque Napoleon. During the vacations in Paris, she has visited all the principal European capitals, where she was received with the greatest enthusiasm. She has been introduced to most of the crowned heads of Europe, who testified their admiration of her admirable and dashing feats, so far superior to anything they had ever seen, by handsome compliments, and still more handsome gifts.

Having entered into an engagement with L. B. Lent, she arrived in New York a short time ago, and mad her first appearance at the New York Circus, Fourteenth street, on the 23d of April, when she created a perfect furor of applause. Our engraving represents one of the daring and yet graceful feats to which no description can do justice—they must be seen to be understood and appreciated.


Reprinted from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, June 6, 1866.