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


Man reading newspaper seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of woman in purple hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Fishbucket
Gifford Beal
not dated
Rockport
Gifford Beal
not dated
Fishermen with Nets
Gifford Beal
not dated

Profile of woman in feathered hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of man in bowler hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Three figures in front of U.S. flag
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920