Mary Beale Book Launch and tour

Thursday, January 16, 2020

"Lunch and talk by Penelope Hunting, author of My Dearest Heart"

– Andrew Beale, Managing Director

Mary Beale (1633-1699) was one of the earliest professional women artists in Britain. Her successful career was documented by her husband, Charles, whose almanacks provide a unique record of Mary’s patrons, painting technique and family affairs. Her portraits of politicians, clergy, aristocracy and intellectuals reflect the vibrant literary, scientific and political scene of the seventeenth century.



  • 11.00am – Arrival & coffee and pastries

  • 11.30am – Talk by Penelope Hunting in the John Evelyn room

  • 12.00 noon – Walk around with Andrew Beale, to include paintings in the King Charles room, John Evelyn room, the front lounge at West Lodge Park and the Mary Beale restaurant

  • 1.00pm – Three course lunch in the John Evelyn room, including white and red wine, Café du Monde coffee and homemade petits fours


  • Dingley Dell ham hock rillettes

    Piccalilli, pea shoots

  • Salmon supreme
    Roasted butternut squash, spinach quinoa, red wine butter sauce

  • Rhubarb crumble tart
    Gold Medal vanilla ice cream, poached rhubarb

  • Café du Monde coffee or Newby loose-leaf teas, homemade petits fours

Price: £35.00 per person
(payable at time of booking).

Please advise any special dietary requests at time of booking.

After lunch, weather permitting, there will be an optional winter tour around the Beale Arboretum hosted by Andrew Beale – enjoy some of the evergreen trees, hollies, and witch hazels, bring warm clothes and boots.

The superb book 'My Dearest Heart' will be on sale during this event.

Celebrating 250 years of Beales Ltd

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