(b Edinburgh, 30 Mar. 1866; d London, 24 Feb. 1941). British painter and designer. In the 1890s he designed posters with his brother-in-law William Nicholson (as ‘J. & W. Beggarstaff’) and these are probably his most famous works. Pryde sometimes supplemented his income at this time by taking small parts on the stage. As a painter he is best known for dramatic and sinister architectural views, with figures dwarfed by their gloomy surroundings.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)