J.B. Beale collection of visual materials

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

31 wood engravings and 3 pencil drawings by Joseph B. Beale. Mostly wood engravings for advertisements by Beale. Most are used by Baker Engraving Co. Also included are a political cartoon, some general views of cities, designs for machinery, illustration for a magazine story, and other designs.

Biographical Historical Note

Joseph Boggs Beale was a preeminent 19th-century illustrator from a large Philadelphia family. Over the course of his career, he worked for Frank Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, and the Daily Graphic, among other publications. He also became well known for his drawings for lantern slide (or magic lantern) scenes.