Prince of the Air

Portrait of Carlos Trower








































































Portrait of Carlos Trower (1850-1889)
Earlier this year, I found myself asked to paint a remarkable man. Carlos Trower was an American slave who escaped at the age of 11,
managed to get out of the country and, amazingly, became a famous high-rope artist. The portrait is taken from a faded Victorian studio
photograph which was rediscovered by Dr. Paul Phillip Green, author of Carlos' forthcoming illustrated biography. A contemporary
newspaper article describes the bright red and gold of his shorts.

Carlos toured England, Scotland and America and throughout his life raised money for the poor and oppressed.
His self-made success and his aerial feats led him to become known as the Prince of the Air.


Carlos on display in Clifton Village, Bristol, UK.