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Sophia Beale Papers

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Beale

Sarah Sophia Beale was a British portrait painter and an art critic. In 1869 and 1872, Sophia Beale traveled to Paris, where she studied at Charles Joshua Chaplin's studio. When she returned to London, Beale used the money she had earned to open an art school on Albany Street near Regent's Park. In later years, she traveled widely in Europe and Northern Africa.

Consists of manuscripts, clippings, and annotated drafts describing Sophia Beale's travels in France, Italy, and Northern Africa in the first decade of the 20th century, as well as essays of art criticism and childhood memories.

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received, with the exception of the two packets of "miscellaneous drafts, annotated essays, and published articles," which were grouped together.

Purchased from Adam Weinberger Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2024-042).

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This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2024. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in 2024, incorporating some description written by the dealer.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2024 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Amy C. Vo
Finding Aid Date
2024
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

"Women Workers: a Retrospect", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A memoir, the first lines indicate Beale's intent: "The great success of the National Union of Women Workers Conference last September at Oxford (….) cannot fail to make some of us cast our thoughts backwards to a time when women, like children, were allowed to be seen but heard."

Physical Description

1 folder

"Chapter I: A Dead City" and "Chapter II", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A travel account of Timgad, a Roman city in the Aurès Mountains of Algeria.

Physical Description

1 folder

Drafts of "Medicine Men of Yore" and "A potpourri of essays", circa 1884-1888. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes numerous annotated essays and clippings, in addition to manuscript drafts.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Good Friday Procession", 1913. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Describing a voyage to a village in Italy.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Chapter VI: Martiques", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Description of a trip to Martigues, France.

Physical Description

1 folder

"An Old Timber Housed Town", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Description of a visit to Lisieux, France. Contains five signed engravings.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The History of Poor Lilly", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Possibly autobiographical.

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1 folder

Untitled essay, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Chapter III: Nîmes" and "Chapter V: Aiguesmortes", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Describing a trip from Nimes to Aigues-Mortes.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Chapter XVI" and "Letter XVII", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Ma petite mère, may I see the new Puppy?", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A childhood recollection.

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Suggestion to the Artist Members of the Lyceum", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Document in which Beale suggests forming "The Lyceum Club Art Society" for sculptors and painters, and also notes the benefits a society would have for women artists.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Poole, the Picturesque", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Egyptian moralities culled from the Louvre", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Paris through American Spectacles", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Vianden", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Curiosities of Church Accounts", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Salisbury", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Alger", circa 1904. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A description of her trip to Alger in 1904.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Bruges", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous drafts, annotated essays, and published articles, 1887-1906. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

13. A further miscellaneous of approx. 50 leaves, plus some published articles and a portfolio of music sheets, always signed by her.

Physical Description

2 folders

Print, Suggest