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Reynolds Beal papers, 1874-1939

Beal, Reynolds, 1866-1951

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 195 Items (on 6 microfilm reels)

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.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 278-282 & 286 (fr.1-85): Originals returned to Shore Galleries, Boston, Mass., after microfilming.
  • Reel 286 (fr. 1-60): Originals returned to Chapellier Galleries after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 278-282 and 286 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Reynolds Beal papers, 1874-1939. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.