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The Artist's Daughter, Nancy, as Pierrot

Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

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The younger sister of James Pryde, Mabel Pryde was the first wife of the painter and printmaker William Nicholson (1872–1949), whom she met when they were both art students at Herkomer’s Academy in Bushey, Hertfordshire. After marriage and motherhood she had little opportunity to paint, apart from family subjects, before her death in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Her four children included the painter and sculptor Ben Nicholson (1894–1982). With three brothers, Nancy (1899–1977), seen here at the age of about 10, was always a tomboy while the whole family enjoyed charades and dressing up and had a keen interest in the theatre; she was the subject of costume studies by both her parents. Later she held strong feminist views and, after working as a Land Girl, married the poet Robert Graves in 1918; the marriage was not a success.

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The Artist's Daughter, Nancy, as Pierrot


oil on canvas


H 101.6 x W 63.5 cm

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