Reynolds Beal papers, 1874-1939

Beal, Reynolds, b. 1866 d. 1951
Painter, Printmaker
Active in Rockport, Mass.

Collection size: 195 items (on 6 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Sketchbooks; art works; diaries; notes; photographs; and printed material. Much of the material relates to William Merritt Chase. REELS 278-282 & 286 (fr.1-85): A biographical sketch; 169 sketchbooks, 1974-1938; a folder of 32 "Japanese Prints," mostly watercolors; a letter to Beal from his father, 1896; 3 clippings; a book, Song of the Sea (1891), illustrated by Beal; a diary kept while cruising around Long Island and Martha's Vineyard with his brother, Albert, 1896; REEL 286(ff. 1-60): Material relating to William Merritt Chase's classes at Shinnecock Hills, including Beal's notes on Chase's critical comments while a student of Chase; comments from Chase on museums in Holland; photographs of Chase's 10th Street studio and Shinnecock Hills studios; a catalog of the Chase retrospective, National Arts Club, 1910; clippings and miscellaneous printed material; a diary kept by Beal, 1891, "Trip to Newfoundland with Albert [Beal]," describing fishing and his sketching activity; and a notebook with expense accounts and pencil sketches, 1899.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, printmaker; Rockport, Mass. Brother of artist Gifford Beal.

Materials on reels 278-282 and frames labeled as 1-85 on reel 286 lent for microfilming 1972 by Robert Campbell, Shore Galleries, Boston, Mass. Reel 286, frames labeled as 1-60 were lent by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Morrell through Chapellier Galleries.

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