Beatrice Offor

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Beatrice Offor
Beatrice Offor in her studio.jpg
Beatrice Offor in her studio (1902)
Born21 March 1864
Sydenham, England
Died8 August 1920 (1920-08-09) (aged 56)

Beatrice Offor (1864-1920) was a British painter. She is primarily known for portraits; often of an esoteric nature.


Offor was born in 1864 in Sydenham, Kent[1] and trained at the Slade School of Art in London,[2] where she became a close friend of Moina Mathers.[3] In 1892 she married William Farran Littler, an artist and sculptor.[4]

Much of her work consisted of representations of heads of young women. A report published in 1907 said that:

the famous "Offor Heads" are known the world over. Indeed, it may be said that Miss Beatrice Offor is one of the most popular artists of the day, her pictures are eagerly sought after, and publishers vie with one another for the honour of giving her works to the public.[2]

Her paintings were shown regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts. She often used her sisters as models, often painting brides[4] and nude women.[5] She also painted portraits of Joseph Howard MP and Sir Ralph Littler, KC.[6] She painted a copy of Perugino's Virgin and Child for Tottenham Parish Church.[7]

For some time she was based in Chelsea[2] – the Royal Academy catalogues give an address in the King's Road from 1899[8] – but following her second marriage[9] to James Philip Beavan, a fruit importer, in 1907,[7] she moved to Bruce Grove, Tottenham, in North London. She suffered a nervous breakdown in 1919, and died on 7 August 1920 from injuries sustained after falling from a window.[9] A verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was returned at the inquest.[7]

Public collections[edit]

Almost 40 of her paintings are held in the collection of the Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham; they include portraits of young women, local dignitaries, and a woman believed to be the novelist 'Ouida'.[9] Her portrait of Sir Ralph Littler is in the Middlesex Guildhall Art Collection.[6]

Selected paintings[edit]


  1. ^ Anne Offor About, page 1 Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ a b c G.H.S. (7 September 1907). "LADIES' COLUMN". Star (New Zealand) (Issue 9028). p. 3.; article reprinted from The Young Woman.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-08-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Anne Offor About, page 2 Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Paintings by or after Beatrice Offor at the Art UK site. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "OVERSEAS WEEKLY EDITION. TRAGEDY OF LOST ART". Ohinemuri Gazette (4180). 11 October 1920. p. 1.
  8. ^ Graves, Algernon (1905). The Royal Academy: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors from its Foundations in 1769 to 1904. 6. London: Henry Graves. p. 5.
  9. ^ a b c Kemp, Caron (17 January 2008). "New painting boosts unique art collection". Haringey Independent.

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