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Beatrice had an eventful life. She studied at the Slade School of Art, and while there, she shared a studio with Mina Bergson, one of the founders of the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, an association which influenced some of her paintings (see The Crystal Gazer at Bruce Castle). Offor lived in Chelsea with her first husband, William Farran Littler, and exhibited from her King's Road Studio address.
Her two children by Littler died very young, and Littler himself died in1898 in the Banstead Asylum. Offor went on to marry James P. Bevan, from Bruce Grove, Tottenham. She had further exhibits at the Royal Academy, including the painting Circe. In 1919, Offor suffered a nervous breakdown, and the following year, she threw herself to her death from her bedroom window: she thought she was losing her talent!
Beatrice Offer was buried in Lewisham.
Beatrice Offor (1864-1920); British painter. Primarily known for portraits; often of an esoteric nature.
Born in Sydenham, Kent and trained at the Slade School of Art in London, where she became a close friend of Moina Mathers. In 1892 she married William Farran Littler, an artist and sculptor.
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 honor of giving her works to the public.
Her paintings were shown regularly at the Royal Academy of Arts. She often used her sisters as models, often painting brides and nude women.
...She suffered a nervous breakdown in 1919, and and died on 7 Aug.1920 from injuries sustained after falling from a window. A verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was returned at the inquest.