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Dorothea Beale (1831-1906), Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College

Sitter in 5 portraits
Pioneer of women's education. Beale was educated in Paris (1847-8) and Queen's College, Harley Street, becoming a mathematical teacher there in 1849, and Head Teacher of the Clergy Daughters' School in Casterton, Westmoreland. She gave impetus to girls' education, acting as principal of Cheltenham Ladies College from 1856 until her death. In 1885, she founded the first training college for secondary women teachers, St Hilda's College, Cheltenham, and St Hilda's Hall, Oxford (which later became St Hilda's College) in 1901. Beale was president of the Headmistresses' Association between 1895-7, and a supporter of the suffragette movement.

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Dorothea Beale

by G.H. Martyn & Sons
printing-out paper print, 1902
NPG P1700(83d)


Dorothea Beale

by G.H. Martyn & Sons
cabinet print, 1902
NPG P1004


Dorothea Beale

by G.H. Martyn & Sons
photogravure mounted on white card, 1902
NPG x671


Dorothea Beale

after Lilian Vereker Hamilton (née Swainson)
bronze medallion, 1904
NPG D197


Elizabeth Nixon; Dorothea Beale

by Unknown photographer
albumen print
NPG x1679