The Museum Collection
Upton Beale Portrait
Description:This portrait represents Edgar Allan Poe's friend and University of Virginia classmate Upton Beale. According to the book The Valley of Unrest (1883, George Douglass Sherley, editor), Beale was one of Poe's "constant companions at the card-table, ... who filled, from the same punch-bowl, their never-empty glasses with the same peach and honey." The account continues, "Upton Beale, who always held the winning card, became an Episcopal minister. He was stationed for years, in fact until his death, at Norfolk, Virginia, and he was beloved by the people of his parish."
The identity of the artist who painted this portrait is unknown. The image shows Beale dressed as a minister.