Mrs. Beale, & her Son Charles.

Method Copper engraving
Artist Thomas A E Chambars after Charles Beale formerly attributed to Mary Beale
Published [c. 1800]
Dimensions Image 144 x 119 mm, Plate 172 x 131 mm, Sheet 220 x 141 mm
Notes A half-length portrait of Mary Beale set within an ornamental oval, resting upon a pedestal. In the lower left corner, slightly tilted, is a portrait of Mary's son, Charles, also set within an oval. From Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England.

The drawing from which this print is taken is from a selection of numerous drawings that were previously attributed to Mary Beale by Robert Laurence Binyon, which are now recognised as the work of her son, Charles Beale.

Mary Beale (1632 - 1697) was one of the most important portrait painters in 17th-century England, and has been recognised as the first professional female English painter. Her husband, Charles Beale the Elder, ran, and assisted her in, her studio in London.

Charles Beale the Younger (1660 - 1714), the son of Mary Beale, was a British portrait painter, both in miniature and full-scale. He was born and worked in London, and in 1677, he was apprenticed to Thomas Flatman, a miniaturist painter. When Beale's eyesight began to deteriorate in 1688, he gave up miniatures, and likely began assisting his mother in her studio.

O'Donoghue 1.

Condition: Staining to edges of sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £45.00
Stock ID 40131