Design for One Wall of a Child’s Nursery
© Dumfries and Galloway Council and The National Trust For Scotland

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Design for One Wall of a Child’s Nursery 1913
  • Scottish Art
Jessie M. King lived in Paris from 1910-14, where she ran an art school with her husband. Best-known for her distinctive line illustrations, King was a versatile artist who also produced designs for wallpaper and interiors. In 1913 she was asked to design a child's nursery for an exhibition of 'Art for Children' held at the Musée Galliera. Her final display closely resembled the design in this painting. It included a stained glass window, white furniture and a frieze around the middle of the walls illustrating the story of ‘The Frog Prince’, with bookshelves fitted above. Whilst living in Paris, King’s use of colour was influenced by the Russian Ballet and the popular craft of batik dying.

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Batik

Method of decorating fabric using wax or another dye-resistant substance to create a design. The areas covered by the wax retain the original colour of the fabric following dyeing.

Frieze

Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.

Batik, Frieze

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1673
  • Medium Watercolour, gouache and pencil on board
  • Size 35.70 x 61.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1977