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Subseries 6.1 | A Finding Aid to the Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954 | Digitized Collection

Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954

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6.1: Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1943 and undated

This series contains 78 sketchbooks with pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and wash sketches, drawings, and studies.
Subjects are similar to those found in Beal's paintings, with many life drawings, casual sitters (probably family members), circus scenes, marine subjects, genre scenes, cityscapes, landscapes, and buildings. Two sketchbooks contain significant writings: one appears to be a lecture about art education, possibly written around 1925, and the other contains diary entries dated 1942. Scattered annotations regarding color are found throughout the sketchbooks. A sketchbook belonging to Gifford Beal, Jr., contains a couple of sketches by Gifford Beal, Sr. as well.
Where possible, sketchbooks are arranged chronologically, but the majority of dates were estimated during processing, and many remain undated. Date estimates are based largely on women's attire in drawings and the assumption that they were drawn from life and not retrospectively. Each group of sketchbooks is arranged by size, from small to large.
This series has been scanned in entirety.
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Sketchbook, circa 1900
2
12
Sketchbook, circa 1902
2
13
Sketchbook, circa 1908
2
14
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1910
Oversized material housed in Box 5
2
15
Sketchbooks, before 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 5
2
16
Sketchbooks, Before 1920
2
17
Sketchbook with Autobiographical Writings, circa 1925
2
18
Sketchbook, circa 1928
2
19
Sketchbooks, circa 1920-1929
18 volumes; oversized material housed in Boxes 6 and 7 and OV 13
2
20
Sketchbooks, circa 1930-1939
3 volumes; oversized material housed in Box 7
2
21
Sketchbook with Diary Entries, circa 1942
2
22
Sketchbook, circa 1943
2
23
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
42 volumes; oversized material housed in Boxes 8 and 9 and OV 13
2
24
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
25
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
26
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
27
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
28
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
29
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
30
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
31
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
32
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
33
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
34
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
35
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
36
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
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Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
38
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
39
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
40
Sketchbook by Gifford Beal, Jr. (son), circa 1930-1931
Oversized material housed in Box 9
2
41
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, Folders 15 and 17
5
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folder 20
6
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 20-21
7
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folder 40
8
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 40-41
9
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 20 and 40
OV 13

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.