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Collection Overview

Sophia Beale Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1884-1906, 1913
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002079


Consists of manuscripts and annotated clippings of articles and essays written by the British portrait painter and art critic, Sarah Sophia Beale.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts, clippings, and annotated drafts describing Sophia Beale's travels in France, Italy, and Northern Africa in the first decade of the 20th century, as well as essays of art criticism and childhood memories.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received, with the exception of the two packets of "miscellaneous drafts, annotated essays, and published articles," which were grouped together.

Collection Creator Biography:


Sarah Sophia Beale was a British portrait painter and an art critic. In 1869 and 1872, Sophia Beale traveled to Paris, where she studied at Charles Joshua Chaplin's studio. When she returned to London, Beale used the money she had earned to open an art school on Albany Street near Regent's Park. In later years, she traveled widely in Europe and Northern Africa.

Collection History


Purchased from Adam Weinberger Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2024-042).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2024 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2024. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in 2024, incorporating some description written by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Sophia Beale Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002079