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Papers of Sheila, Lady Powerscourt


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Three albums of photographs relating to travels in Palestine, West Africa, Europe and the West Indies, 1927-1979.


  • 1927-1979


3 Volumes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 493].
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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 493

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3784

Biographical / Historical

Sheila Wingfield, Lady Powerscourt (1906-1992), poet, was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Beddington. She was largely self-educated, teaching herself languages and the classics as a child, and reading on a variety of subjects including anthropology, archaeology and psychology. She also developed an interest in Africa. She was widely travelled, and married her husband, Mervyn Wingfield in Jerusalem in 1932. Widely published, the book which made her reputation as a poet was Beat Drum, Beat Heart, (London, Cresset Press, 1946).

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 610 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The albums were bequeathed to the library by Lady Powerscourt on 27th June 1985.
Papers of Sheila, Lady Powerscourt
Paul Davidson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom