Beauford's last studio was located at 53, rue Vercingétorix, 75014 Paris. He moved there in 1961, after being released from a psychiatric clinic in Nogent-sur-Marne. Solange du Closel and her husband, who were avid supporters of Beauford, purchased the atelier in their name and reserved it for Beauford's use once he was able to live on his own again.
In Beauford's biography Amazing Grace, author David Leeming describes the atelier as "a large room with a huge window admitting south light," and mentions that "there was also the luxury of a 'shower bath.'" Beauford covered everything with white sheets, as he had done in previous studios, to provide his preferred atmosphere for painting.
Fifty-three rue Vercingétorix no longer exists. The photo below presents the neighborhood's current appearance, with the trees standing in the approximate location of Beauford's building:
By the early to mid 1970s, Beauford's neighborhood had become so run down that the city began demolishing it. Beauford's biography indicates that Madame du Closel interceded with friends in the government to allow Beauford to stay in his apartment as long as possible. His building was torn down some time after he was hospitalized at Sainte-Anne's in 1975.
Henry Miller's 1972 visit with Beauford at rue Vercingétorix was filmed, and rare footage of the exterior and interior of Beauford's lodgings can be seen in the video entitled Henry Miller Odyssey. (Unfortunately, the pertinent segments of the video are not of very good quality.) I snapped some photos of my television screen during the segment:
There are many amusing anecdotes about Beauford and his life at the Vercingétorix studio. In Amazing Grace, Leeming recounts a story about Beauford's refrigerator. He says that Beauford bought it with money that he received from a Fairfield Foundation grant for $3500 in 1964, and that he used it as a storage cabinet!
Burt Reinfrank has shared several anecdotes for this blog, some of which have already been published here. Ed Clark shared one, which I published in last week's posting entitled "Ed Clark Remembers Beauford." I will publish additional anecdotes from Burt and others over the next several weeks.