–Currier Gallery of Art, NH “Paul Sample Retrospective Exhibition”, 1948, catalogue page 11, artwork #10
–Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, “Paul Sample: Ivy League Regionalist”, 1984, catalog page 24, artwork #15
–Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College “Paul Sample - Painter of the American Scene”, 1988, catalog page 53
–Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Harford Connecticut; John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Florida; & Austin Museum of Art, Texas "Images from the World Between – The Circus in 20th Century American Art", 2001-2002, catalog fig 64, page 64.
"The [painting], which at first glance seems like a clear-cut portrait of a clown as a working man on a break, taking a moment to relax with a good book, is deceptive. By juxtaposing the clown's made-up face (and those of the clowns in the background) with the face of the ventriloquist's dummy in the valise next to him, the artist creates a slightly sinister air. Is the clown a dummy or an individual with literary tastes? Sample leaves the question open."
–Donna Gustafson, Images from the World Between – The Circus in 20th Century American Art.
The circus in art is both the documentation of a succession of factual occurrences in time and space and an imagined place that can serve to illustrate ideas. Often a potent metaphor for the forces in American life and also a reflection of American life, at once darker and more light-filled than reality.