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 purple hat seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Profile of man in green hat
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Bearded man seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Profile of man with spectacles
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Man reading newspaper
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Figures on a terrace
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920

Four adults and child at harbor sendoff
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Five figures seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Italian Fiesta, Gloucester
Gifford Beal
not dated