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Charles Gabriel Beale (1843–1912), Pro-Chancellor

Photo credit: University of Birmingham

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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.

University of Birmingham


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    151.1 x 99.1 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1912


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