Mabel Pryde

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Mabel Nicholson
Born Mabel Pryde
12 February 1871
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died July 1918
Known for Painting[1]

Mabel Pryde (12 February 1871 in Edinburgh, Scotland – July 1918 in England)[citation needed] was an artist, best known for being the 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.[2] As children they lived at 10 Fettes Row,[3] a north-facing Edinburgh house.[4]

Pryde trained at the Bushey School of Art under the tutelage of Hubert von Herkomer.[2] 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.[2] In July 1918 Pryde died from influenza during the 1918 flu pandemic[5] and was survived by her husband.[6]


  1. ^ Mabel Nicholson on Artcyclopedia
  2. ^ a b c Mabel Pryde The Fine Art Society, Retrieved 3 October 2014
  3. ^ "'The Harlequin', Mabel Nicholson". Tate. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. 
  4. ^ "10 Fettes Row" (PDF). Rae Reid & Stephen W.S. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ "A Continuous Line: Ben Nicholson in England". Tate. Archived from the original on 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Nicholson, William Biography". The Bookroom Art Press. Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. 

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