History And Context


Beal explored the circus theme throughout his life. His son remembers his father and uncle (Reynolds Beal) following the circus around the North Shore area each year. Center Ring received critical attention when first shown in Washington in 1927.

More Works by Gifford Beal In the Collection


Woman seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Heads and backs of four figures seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920