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lower right: John Steuart Curry / 1932

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(Walker Gallery, New York); purchased by Mrs. Grace Hendrick Eustis [later Mrs. Neill Phillips, d. 1966], New York, by 1939;[1] her second husband, Admiral Neill Phillips, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1976 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1933
An Exhibition of Paintings of the Circus by John Steuart Curry, Ferargil Galleries, 1933, no. 3, as Elephants.
1939
Loan Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings by John Steuart Curry, The Lakeside Press Galleries, Chicago, 1939, no. 35, as Elephants.
1947
John Steuart Curry, 20 Years of His Art, Associated American Artists, New York, 1947, no. 12.
1981
Center Ring: The Artist: Two Centuries of Circus Art, Milwaukee Art Museum; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; New York State Museum, Albany; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1981-1982, no. 31.
1981
Persistance of Regionalism: John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, Cedar Rapids Art Center; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita State Univesity; University of Missouri Museum, 1981, no. 31, repro.
1998
John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 1998-1999, pl. 24, fig. 8.
2001
Images from the World Between: The Circus in Twentieth-Century American Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; Austin Museum of Art, 2001-2002, fig. 116.
2010
Circus! Art and Science Under the Big Top, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, Connecticut, 2010-2011, no catalogue.
Bibliography
1936
Luce, Henry R., John Shaw Billings, and Daniel Longwell, eds. "Curry of Kansas." Life 1, no. 1 (23 November 1936): 28-31, color repro.
1940
Boswell, Peyton. Modern American Painting. New York, 1940: 62, 138, color repro.
1943
Schmeckebier, Laurence. John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America. New York, 1943: 207, 210-211, fig. 237.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 141, repro.
1981
Czestochowski, Joseph S. John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood: A Portrait of Rural America. Columbia, MO, 1981: 56, 125, fig. 31.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 227, repro. 229.
1987
Jaffe, Irma B. "Religious Content in the Painting of John Steuart Curry." Winterthur Portfolio 22, no. 1 (Spring 1987): 33, 36-38, fig. 16.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 155, repro.
1995
Kirshon, John W., and Tom Anderson, eds. Chronicle of America. London and New York, 1995: 656, repro.
1998
Junker, Patricia A. John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West. Exh. cat. Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO,1998-1999:15, 125, pl. 24, fig. 8.
2001
Gustafson, Donna. Images from the World Between: The Circus in Twentieth-Century Art. Exh. cat. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL.; Austin Museum of Art, Cambridge, MA, 2001-2002: no. 31, pl. 116.