Erased:Redrawn. Beale

Erased:Redrawn. Beale

Charcoal, eraser on paper
Mary Beale (1632-1699) was the first professional British female painter. She is best known for her portraits and made her living taking commissions from patrons.
In 1664 she wrote an ‘Essay on Friendship’ proposing the radical notion (for the time) of equality between the sexes, both in friendship and in marriage. Her philosophy was put into practice when, upon her return to London, she established a professional studio. Her husband became her assistant, organising commissions, doing the accounts and mixing the paint.