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Terry Borton Joseph Boggs Beale Collection | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Terry Borton Joseph Boggs Beale Collection

Historical Note: Joseph Boggs Beale was born in 1841 in Philadelphia. While in grammar school, Beale studied drawing with Alexander J. MacNeill.  In 1860, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and took art lessons from Isaac Williams.  After graduating, Beale took a position as Professor of Drawing and Writing at Central High School.  He also worked as a regimental artist during the Civil War.  In 1866, Beale worked as an illustrator for several publications, including Harper’s and The Daily Graphic.  He then became an artist for the Frank Harris Lithography company before working at Casper Briggs & Sons, where he created original designs for magic lantern slides. While at Briggs & Sons, Beale made over eighteen hundred slide drawings for a range of subjects, including Biblical stories and historical narratives. He died in 1926.  Terry Borton is a professional lanterntist and active member of the Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada.  He and his wife, Deborah, are avid collectors of Beale artwork.

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