Henry C. Pitz
Circus Studies with a Man in a Large Hat, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], 1948
Pen and ink wash
Inscribed lower right: "Circus Phila. / May 21st 1948". From the estate of the artist, estate stamp lower left. In fine condition. From the artist's sketchbook. Verso bears vehicle and tent studies.
From April 7 to May 9, 1948, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed in Madison Square Garden, New York attracting a record attendance of 925,000. Thereafter, the Circus continued onto Boston and a tour of the eastern United States (NY Times, May 9, 1948).