Dr. Anthony Ellis joins Henry Stead in his search for the world famous Victorian strongman Eugen Sandow. They visit his London town house house in Holland Park, his final resting place in Putney Vale cemetery, and along the way they speak to David Waller the author of ‘The Perfect Man, The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow’ (Victorian Secrets, 2011).
The music is taken from a waltz by Johan Strauss II called ‘Donauweibchen’ and was composed in 1887. When Sandow toured the North of England as the headline act of a variety show he did so with a sleight-of-hand artiste, who doubled as compere, and a Hungarian Band, who accompanied his miraculous feats of strength with songs such as the waltz featured in this video. Thank you to Lorin Maazel and the Vienna Philharmonic for this performance of the song. The full track and album may be purchased here.