Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)
Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)
Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)
Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)
Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)
Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)

Story of this Masterpiece

This amazing illustration shows a fully bearded man with black hair, showing off his naked torso totally covered in red and blue tattoos. What's even more mind-blowing is that this stunning vintage-poster has been created as early as 1881 - 1882.

The protagonist of the artwork is Captain George Costentenus, born in 1833, an adventurer of Greek descent that got the title "Captain" later in life from being a pirate. Legend has it that at age 34 during the rebellion of a French led gold-mining expedition in Burma, Constentenus has been kidnapped by Mongols, and tattooed against his will. He received a total of 388 motifs over the course of a whopping three months. The tattoos ranged from exotic animals like elephants and tigers to Asian sentences and widely unknown symbols.

The legendary man, known to speak at least eight different languages, travelled many countries before becoming a popular circus performer in the USA in 1876, where he got paid $100 per day as a unique and unusual looking attraction.

Advertising his show at the Royal Aquarium and Garden, London in early 1882, this attention-grabbing vintage-poster introduces the man as "Farini's Latest Novelty: The Greek Albanian, Tattooed From Head To Foot". In 1882 the tattoo-covered-celebrity became a resident of New York City and American Citizen one year later. Many rumors exist as to what happened later in his life. All we know is that at the in 1894 (at the age of 61) George applied for a new passport, which is the last existing record of him.

Put this stunning poster on your wall to bring a vibe of amusement, excitement and curiosity into your home. Tell your guests a little something about the man on this advertisement and enjoy their baffled looks when you tell them that this artwork is in fact from the 1880s.
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Captain Costentenus (Royal Aquarium)

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Story of this Masterpiece

This amazing illustration shows a fully bearded man with black hair, showing off his naked torso totally covered in red and blue tattoos. What's even more mind-blowing is that this stunning vintage-poster has been created as early as 1881 - 1882.

The protagonist of the artwork is Captain George Costentenus, born in 1833, an adventurer of Greek descent that got the title "Captain" later in life from being a pirate. Legend has it that at age 34 during the rebellion of a French led gold-mining expedition in Burma, Constentenus has been kidnapped by Mongols, and tattooed against his will. He received a total of 388 motifs over the course of a whopping three months. The tattoos ranged from exotic animals like elephants and tigers to Asian sentences and widely unknown symbols.

The legendary man, known to speak at least eight different languages, travelled many countries before becoming a popular circus performer in the USA in 1876, where he got paid $100 per day as a unique and unusual looking attraction.

Advertising his show at the Royal Aquarium and Garden, London in early 1882, this attention-grabbing vintage-poster introduces the man as "Farini's Latest Novelty: The Greek Albanian, Tattooed From Head To Foot". In 1882 the tattoo-covered-celebrity became a resident of New York City and American Citizen one year later. Many rumors exist as to what happened later in his life. All we know is that at the in 1894 (at the age of 61) George applied for a new passport, which is the last existing record of him.

Put this stunning poster on your wall to bring a vibe of amusement, excitement and curiosity into your home. Tell your guests a little something about the man on this advertisement and enjoy their baffled looks when you tell them that this artwork is in fact from the 1880s.

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Note: Frame not contained in Poster only product. Passepartout not included in Framed poster product. Sizes in mockup not to scale. See our Size Guide for more information. Depiction is solely for demonstration purposes.

License disclosure: Original artwork licensed under CC BY 4.0 by Wellcome Library, London. Changes were made to the artwork.