From and old collection of Reynolds Beal circus scenes, this work is large, measuring 15" by 18 1/2", and is fresh to the market, having been in storage for decades. Mixed media, it is done in watercolor, colored pencil, and crayons, which is typical of these scenes by Beal, and were done of traveling circuses throughout New England from the 1920's to 1940. This image depicts elephants, the main tent, circus wagons, and colonial homes in the background, along with a clown, a band member, and circus crew members. On heavy light tan paper, it is unframed and in excellent condition. Reynolds Beal (1867-1951), older brother of acclaimed artist Gifford Beal, was an early impressionist painter in the US, and was known for his marvelous marine paintings and scenes from his travels around the glove, including the Caribbean, Central
America, and the Far East. His circus scenes are iconic, and always portray the excitement, energy, and color of this summer tradition. Though he created hundreds of these images, they all have something unique, and the blank faces are typical, with an occasional face with features, like the man in the hat at the lower right. It is signed in the lower left, dated, and inscribed "Sells Floto-Sparks Circus", which were known throughout the northeast in those years.