Monday, July 28, 2014

The Willow Bunch Giant

Joseph Edouard Beaupré, born January 9, 1881, in Willow Bunch , Saskatchewan. Around 21 years old, when he choose the life of the circus, he measured 7' 11" and weighed 365 pounds. His neck measured 21 inches in circumference, and his hands 12 and a half inches from the wrist to finger tips. His thorax (chest) measured 56 inches and his shoes, a size 22, always had to be made special order.
He was a very gentle man who wanted to be a rancher. Edouard Beaupré died of tuberculosis on July 3, 1904, around 1:15 a.m. at the Emergency Hospital on the World's Fair Ground in St. Louis.

This painting was inspired by a vintage photo of the same subject. Acrylic on canvas board 8" x 10". Work in progress

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