Binder, Pearl: The Circus – Aldgate


Pearl Binder produced a series of atmospheric lithographs to illustrate ‘The Real East End’ written by Thomas Burke, a popular writer who ran a pub in Poplar, and published in 1932. The lithographs were also issued in a very limited edition and the print offered here is from that series.

An original and very rare lithograph, signed, inscribed with the title, dated 1931 and numbered 10 of only 12, framed.


Artist: Pearl Binder (1904-1990)

Title and date: The Circus – Aldgate, 1931

Size: 33.5 x 25.5 cms.


Artist description:

Pearl ‘Polly’ Binder was a British writer, illustrator, stained-glass artist, lithographer and sculptor. Her father was Jacob Binderevski, a Jewish tailor who came to Britain in 1890 and became a British citizen after service in the Boer War. She was born in Salford but moved to London after the First World War and studied art at the Central School of Art and Design with a focus on lithography, She had a lifelong fascination with the East End of London, living in Spread Eagle Yard in Whitechapel in the 1920s and ‘30s, and drew scenes from everyday life that she made into lithographs.

In 1933, she was one of the founders of the left-wing Artists’ International Association, and in 1937, was involved in the earliest days of television broadcasting for children. In the same year, she co-presented ‘Clothes-Line’, the first television programme on the history of fashion. In 1974, she became Lady Elwyn-Jones, when her husband the politician and lawyer Elwyn Jones, was appointed Lord Chancellor and made a life peer.

She had a long, active and productive life, she travelled widely in Russia and especially China; she was a writer and illustrator who designed costumes for a theatre company and a Pearly King and Queen’s mug and plate for Wedgwood; she wrote stories for children and completed a series of armorial windows at the House of Lords.