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


Profile of man with beard and spectacles
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Ten soldiers
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920


Woman's profile masked by her purple hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of woman in black hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of woman reading
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920