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Mabel Pryde Nicholson Exhibition

Mabel Pryde Nicholson Exhibition: Coming Soon

Discover the life, loves and influence of Mabel Pryde Nicholson, a talented and versatile painter in turn-of-the-century Britain.

This summer, The Grange Gallery will present a landmark exhibition tracing the life and art of the painter Mabel Pryde Nicholson (1871-1918) – ‘Prydie’ to her family and friends.

For more than a century, Mabel’s story has been overshadowed by the artistic success of her husband, the society portrait painter and still life virtuoso William Nicholson, and her sons, the pioneer of British abstraction Ben, and modernist architect Kit.

Set within the historical context of Edwardian Britain and France, Prydie: the life and art of Mabel Pryde Nicholson – will be the first exhibition of the artist’s paintings for more than 100 years. Several were made at The Grange itself – the Nicholsons’ home between 1909 and 1914.

Curated by David Bomford and Lucy Davies, the show brings together nearly 30 objects from private collections and national institutions including portraits of the artist by her husband William and poignant letters, photographs and personal objects, almost all of which have been unseen since Mabel’s death in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

A new biography by Lucy Davies, published by Eiderdown Books, will accompany the exhibition.

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Paintings by Mabel Nicholson

Nancy with Rabbit, c1909
Credit: Private Collection, courtesy of Patrick Bourne & Co., London

The Red Jersey, c1912
Credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery

Ernesto, 1913
Credit: Pallant House Gallery

Family Group, c 1912
Credit: Tate

The Harlequin, c1910
Credit: Tate

The Grange, c1911
Credit: Scottish National Gallery

By William Nicholson
Lady in Yellow, 1893,
Credit: Private Collection, courtesy of Daniel Katz Gallery

By William Orpen
A Bloomsbury Family
Credit: Scottish National Gallery

Photographs of Mabel Nicholson and family

Kit with Pandora, c1911
Private Collection

Mabel with Ben 1894/5
Private Collection

Mabel with Ben c1896
From an album belonging to James Pryde, with kind permission of Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Students at Herkomer’s School of Art c1888, girl on left likely Mabel Pryde, with kind permission of Bushey Museum and Art Gallery