Capon, William (1757-1827). English. Medium: watercolour on paper. Date: 1777. Astley's Royal Amphitheatre; Westminster Bridge Road in Lambeth Philip Astley (1742-1814); English equestrian, circus owner, inventor, regarded as being the "father of the modern circus"; watercolour 'from the collection of the Duke of Buckingham' Provenance: Private Collection.