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 in brown hat and coat seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Several figures waving seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Woman and two sailors seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Profile of woman (on architectural plan)
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Two bellhops seen from side
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Profile of bearded man
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Seated bellhop seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Two men in bowler hats seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920