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First Reading

Jeff Pruett  •  Link

An old Cavalier friend in the House of Lords recommended Pepys get his patent engrossed by Charles Beale. Beale refused, claiming a lack of time. Pepys then went to his musical friend, John Spong, who was able to write in the required Chancery hand. On returning to Beale for a docket for his patent, Pepys had to pay a bribe of two gold pieces, and later to pay Beale a fee of 9 pounds.

Stephen Coote, _Samuel Pepys, A Life_

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Charles Beale painted in oil and water-colours: but a weakness in his eyes occasioned his quitting his profession, after he had followed it four or five years.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Charles Beale's incredibly talented wife, Mary, painted the portraits of quite a few members of the Royal Society. Fear of the plague drove them from London in 1664, and they lived and worked in Hampshire for many years after that.

She is one of three 17th century female artists featured in an exhibition in London right now. This article includes pictures of some of their work:


San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Another article about Mary and Charles Beale.

By 1664 Charles Beale's job had become insecure, and, with the plague threatening, the family departed for Albrook, Otterbourne, Hampshire.
While there, Mary wrote the ‘Essay on friendship’ (BL, Harleian MS 6828, fols. 510–23) in which she propounds the somewhat radical notion (for the period) of equality between men and women, both in friendship and marriage. This was published in 1666.

By the end of the Diary, Charles and Mary are back in London, living on Pall Mall.

For pictures and information about a 2021 exhibition of Mary Cradock Beale's paintings, see https://museumcrush.org/mary-beal…

Third Reading

Peter Johnson  •  Link

Mary Beale is remembered at West Lodge Park, an up-market hotel in Enfield on the northern outskirts of London, just inside the M25 and within walking distance of the end station on the Piccadilly Line. It has a Mary Beale Restaurant and is run by a prosperous Beale family, who acknowledge Mary as a namesake rather than an ancestor, and has a number of paintings from our period on display, including by some by her. Not the cheapest place to stay, but reasonable in the London context.

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