Gustav Grais was born Gustav Eichler in Marienburg West Prussia on the 1st December 1860, the son of Carl and Louise Eichler.
He was a circus artiste who lived in the USA for sometime and then eventually moved to England.
In the England Eichler changed his name to Grais and ran a circus of baboons and zebra. He was also an accomplished trapeze artist, juggler and an all round showman. A pioneer of the parachute, he undertook daredevil jumps from gas filled balloons all over the world.
The image above shows Grais riding a zebra along Brixton high street.