About this artwork

  • artist:
  • title:
    Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'
  • date created:
    Published 1906
  • materials:
    Photographic reproduction on paper laid on card
  • measurements:
    47.30 x 34.30 cm (card 57.00 x 38.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1991
  • accession number:
    GMA 3597
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
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James Ferrier Pryde

James Ferrier Pryde

Pryde was born in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy Schools from 1886 to 1887. He grew up with a love of the theatre and even worked for a time (without much success) as an actor. Living in London from 1890, Pryde and his brother-in-law William Nicholson (portrayed in William Orpen's 'A Bloomsbury Family') set up a partnership as poster artists under the name 'The Beggarstaff Brothers'. Their modern, simplified style revolutionised poster design. As a painter, Pryde specialised in dark interiors and architectural fantasies. The majority of these works were done before 1925, though he did produce some designs for theatre sets later in life.