A Bloomsbury Family

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A Bloomsbury Family 1907
'A Bloomsbury Family' depicts the artist William Nicholson and his family. Nicholson's wife, the painter Mabel Pryde, is standing by the door. Sitting at the table from left to right are the Nicholson children: Nancy, who married the writer Robert Graves; Tony, who died during the war in 1918; and Ben, who would become Britain's foremost abstract artist. Standing in the foreground is Christopher or 'Kit', wearing a type of frock often worn by young boys at this date. He became an architect. Orpen himself is reflected in the convex mirror.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 881
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 86.50 x 91.50 cm (framed: 120.50 x 115.50 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Scottish Modern Arts Association 1964.