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Lot 2: Beale (S. Sophia, 1837-1920). A large album of
British & Continental Paintings & Watercolours, Old Master
July 18, 2012
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom
Description: Beale (S. Sophia, 1837-1920). A large album of watercolours, approximately 100 leaves, with 210 mounted watercolour paintings, mostly landscapes and seascapes, including English and Continental views, e.g. Margate, Lyme Regis, Rotterdam, Rouen, Cambridge, Hammersmith, Mortlake, Hastings, Versailles, Paris, Verona, Minehead, Brighton, Bournemouth, Poole, Florence, Genoa, Marseilles, Lausanne, Venice, etc., many signed/initialled and dated, original bevel-edged cloth, rubbed and marked with some wear to extrems., folio, together with a pair of albums of watercolours by Ellen Brooker Lloyd née Beale, each containing approximately 100 watercolours, mostly English and Continental landscapes and seascapes, most signed or initialled and many dated, many with tipped-in manuscript notes, and accompanying dried specimens, as well as photographs and newspaper cuttings, one of the albums with a mounted sheet of sketches of pigs and faces etc. signed 'W.B. Richmond - Haslemere May/73', both original half morocco, worn, oblong folio/folio, plus a published volume of letters from Sophia Beale to Cousin Mary entitled Recollections of a Spinster Aunt, Heinemann, 1908, inscribed 'W. Lloyd From the Aunt Sophia Beale, Christmas 1908', original cloth, soiled, 8vo. Sophia Beale and Ellen Brooker Beale, later Lloyd (1831-1900), were sisters, who shared both a passion and a skill for painting. They both attended Queen's College, London, and James Matthew Leigh's private art school, and copied works in the National Gallery and the British Museum. In her 'Recollections of a Spinster Aunt' Sophia records their considerably free lifestyle during the later 1850s and early 1860s; they walked unchaperoned around London, moving between their home and West End museums and galleries. The sisters shared a studio in Covent Garden from 1860 to 1867 and Sophia travelled alone to Paris between 1869 and 1872. There she studied in Charles Chaplin's studio, financing her studies by acting as a supervisor at M. Bertin's studio three days a week. Back in London she augmented her income by writing and teaching, and opened an art school near Regent's Park, advertising herself as a pupil of Charles-Alphonse-Paul Bellay and James-Elie Delauny at a time when French technique was at a premium. Beale published extensively on art and architecture in periodicals and guide books, and was particularly interested in encouraging young female students, who were as yet barred from the Royal Academy. Indeed, she held advanced views concerning the opening of the Royal Academy and universities to women, as well as on women's suffrage. Ellen Beale married classical and literary scholar William Watkiss Lloyd in 1869. William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), painter, and son of the artist George Richmond, was a family friend of the Beales.. (4)