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ID number:  BIRRC-A0025
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  British School (early 20c)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Charles Gabriel Beale
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Birmingham
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1912
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  151.1 x 99.1 cm
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Three quarter length standing portrait, the subject looking directly at the viewer, while turned slightly to left. His right hand rests on a low table and he wears the gowns of the Pro-Chancellor. Charles Beale was a politician and ornithologist, who became Birmingham's first Vice-Chancellor from 1900 to 1912. He was Lord Mayor of Birmingham between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1905. He formed the Beale Memorial Collection, a display of British birds in their natural habitats, installed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 1915 to the 1980s. This portrait was commissioned by the University of Birmingham and was painted posthumously.

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