Clown Eggs, 2008

In 1947 the International Circus Clowns' Club began keeping a record of the make-up of its member clowns. Each unique make-up design was painted onto an emptied chicken egg that was catalogued and used to trademark the identities of clowns including the famous Coco and Grimaldi. Stan Bult, the founder of the club, painstakingly painted the earliest designs by hand himself. Taylor-Johnson stumbled onto the museum by chance and has now preserved these wonderfully eccentric portraits, sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, in book form.

Clown Eggs (Charlie 146), 2008

Clown Eggs (Charlie 146), 2008

Clown Eggs (Hardy), 2008

Clown Eggs (Hardy), 2008

Clown Eggs (Lulu Adams), 2008

Clown Eggs (Lulu Adams), 2008

Clown Eggs (Paul Jung), 2008

Clown Eggs (Paul Jung), 2008

Clown Eggs (Pinnocchio), 2008

Clown Eggs (Pinnocchio), 2008

Clown Eggs (Rainbow 190), 2008

Clown Eggs (Rainbow 190), 2008

Clown Eggs (Rudi Milanes), 2008

Clown Eggs (Rudi Milanes), 2008

Clown Eggs (Tony), 2008

Clown Eggs (Tony), 2008