Macomo Representation by Horner

Macomo and friends by George Christopher Horner. Oil on Canvas, whereabouts unknown

This is probably the closest we will get to knowing how Martini Macomo[Maccomo] (1835 or 1836–1871), the Lion King appeared to his audience. He has been described in the Dictionary of National Biography as being born in Angola (1861 Census aged 25 residing in Bath), although Frost suggests he was a sailor. Others suggest he may have been one Arthur Williams from the Caribbean. This representation was painted by George Christopher Horner (1829 – 1881), an accomplished Victorian animal painter as Macomo and friends. Current whereabouts unknown.

Martini Bartlett, Lion King as told by himself

The second in the Lion Kings and Queens series sees the publication of Tommy Day’s story as told by himself during the first half of the twentieth century. It has been passed to me by Jim Stockley of Stockley Trained Animal Consultants. Jim’s family virtually ran Chipperfield’s Circus during the mid-twentieth century and I am eternally grateful for his wisdom and the wealth of information Jim has recently passed to me. Rather than forming the resource for another research paper I have published it here intact. It was written by Tommy Day (aka Martini Bartlett) – and was first published by World’s Fair as related to one L.Fairest. The footnotes are though my own and are made available subject to strict copyright. I have also corrected some minor spelling mistakes and grammar.

Link to story