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Beatrice : the untold story of a legendary woman of mystery
Bart, Sheldon.
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Publication Information:
Newport, RI : Newport Legends, LLC, [1998]

Physical Description:
vii, 135 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Central Library ND237.T87 B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Story of a legendary woman who painted 3,000 works, including 1,000 self-portraits, a woman whose life's work was almost entirely destroyed in a bonfire 50 years ago
-- Exploitation of Turner by a sensationalist media
-- The search for original Turner paintings missing for 50 years
-- Unlocking hidden doors for clues to the Turner mystery

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Booklist Review

Explorer Bart has written a small gem of a book outlining the mysterious life and works of Beatrice Turner, Philadelphia Mainliner and, along with her ubiquitous mother, a lifelong part-time resident of Newport, Rhode Island. The two were not really part of their own world, their distance from reality symbolized by their adherence to Victorian style at a time when that era ended over three-quarters of a century before. Beatrice, who died of cancer in 1948, was an artist with a curious oeuvre. Almost all her works (numbering in the thousands) were self-portraits, which if laid chronologically end to end would chronicle her own aging process. Adding to the mystery was the two women's mansion in Newport, which Beatrice had painted entirely black on the outside (after a poem written by her father the night before his death). The author demonstrates, though, that Beatrice was a woman of action and cultural distinction despite her appearance as a recluse. Beautiful color plates round out this intriguing volume. --Allen Weakland

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