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Alger Beal papers relating to Reynolds and Gifford Beal, circa 1890-1965

Beal, Alger



Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet

Summary: Reynolds Beal material includes a sketchbook containing sketches of ships, entitled "Cruising Aboard U.S.S. School Ship St. Mary's," 1901, scrapbook pages of marine etchings and photographs, a Christmas card, personal photographs, exhibition catalogs, and clippings. Gifford Beal material includes: photographs of him and one of his work, exhibition catalogs, and clippings. Also included are a photograph of the Beal family, ca. 1890, writings about the the family, selected photographs of the Beals from albums kept by Mrs. Thaddeus Beal, including some of Wilellyn, the William Beal family's summer home in Newburgh, N.Y. with gardens designed by sons Gifford and Reynolds, and Echo Lawn, home of Thaddeus Beal; and miscellaneous printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Reynolds Beal (1866-1951) was a painter and printmaker in Rockport, Massachusetts known for his marine and landscape paintings. He studied naval architecture at Cornell University before going on to study painting with William Merritt Chase in Shinnecock, Long Island and with Henry Ward Ranger in Europe. Beal is considered a modernist and he helped found the Society of Independent Artists and the New Society of Artists alongside George Bellows, Childe Hassam, John Sloan, William Glackens, and Maurice Prendergast.


Donated 1993 by Reynolds' and Gifford's nephew, Alger Beal. His father Thaddeus, was their brother.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks, and papers, 1889-2001 and the microfilmed Reynolds Beal papers, 1874-1939.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Alger Beal papers relating to Reynolds and Gifford Beal, circa 1890-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.