Mabel Pryde

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Mabel Nicholson
Portrait of Mabel Pryde by Sir William Nicholson.jpg
Portrait of Mabel Pryde 1897, by William Nicholson
Mabel Scott Lauder Pryde

(1871-02-12)12 February 1871
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Died July 1918
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Bushey School of Art
Known for Painting[1]
William Nicholson (m. 1893)

Mabel Scott Lauder Pryde[2][3] (12 February 1871, Edinburgh, Scotland – July 1918, London, England)[4][5] was an artist, and wife of artist William Nicholson and mother of artists Ben Nicholson and Nancy Nicholson and the architect Christopher 'Kit' Nicholson.

Mabel was the daughter of David Pryde, Headmaster of Edinburgh Ladies College 1870–1891, and Barbara Lauder, whose father William was a brother of the famous Scottish artists Robert Scott Lauder and James Eckford Lauder. Mabel had one brother, the artist James Pryde.[6] As children they lived at 10 Fettes Row,[7] a north-facing Edinburgh house.[8]

Pryde trained at the Bushey School of Art under the tutelage of Hubert von Herkomer.[6] Here she met fellow student William Nicholson, whom she married in 1893. She introduced Nicholson to her brother James and all three moved to Eight Bells, Denham, Buckinghamshire.

Pryde and Nicholson had four children: Ben (1894–1982); Anthony (1897–1918), killed in action during the First World War; Annie Mary "Nancy" (1899–1978); and Christopher "Kit" (1904–1948). They moved to Rottingdean in 1909.[6] In July 1918 Pryde died from influenza during the 1918 flu pandemic.[9][10]



  1. ^ "Mabel Nicholson Online".
  2. ^ Sonin, Adam. "Heritage: Ben Nicholson was one of a 'nest of gentle artists' working in Belsize Park in early 20th century".
  3. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005 -".
  4. ^ Strang, Alice (2015). Modern Scottish Women Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-906270-89-6.
  5. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007 -".
  6. ^ a b c Mabel Pryde Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine The Fine Art Society, Retrieved 3 October 2014
  7. ^ "'The Harlequin', Mabel Nicholson". Tate. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25.
  8. ^ "10 Fettes Row" (PDF). Rae Reid & Stephen W.S. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ "A Continuous Line: Ben Nicholson in England". Tate. Archived from the original on 2010-06-14.
  10. ^ "Nicholson, William Biography". The Bookroom Art Press. Archived from the original on 2011-09-11.

External links

  • 10 paintings by or after Mabel Pryde at the Art UK site
  • Photograph of Pryde
  • Pryde painting of the Harlequin
  • Pryde painting of her family
  • Pryde painting of her son, Ben
  • Pryde painting of her son, Kit
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