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).
Three albums of photographs relating to travels in Palestine, West Africa, Europe and the West Indies, 1927-1979.
The albums were bequeathed to the library by Lady Powerscourt on 27th June 1985.Access Conditions
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Listed as no. 610 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Wingfield | Sheila | 1906-1992 | Viscountess Powerscourt | poet
Near East | Description and travel | Views
Africa, West | Description and travel | Views
Europe | Description and travel | Views
West Indies | Description and travel | Views