While Beal’s world travels resulted in countless images of faraway lands, he and his brother Gifford found some of their favorite material in their own backyard, in the form of traveling circuses that popped up along the eastern seaboard. The troupes were at the peak of popularity in the early twentieth century, creating both a means of escape and a little excitement for the townsfolk, with the promise of amazing human feats and exotic animals, such as the lions alluded to in Beal’s colorful rendition.
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Albany Gallery, Albany, New York
To private collection, Duluth, Georgia, July 1991 to 2012