About this artwork

This painting depicts Pryde's children Nancy (1899-1977) and Kit (1904-1948), who grew up to be a designer and an architect. Nancy is shown seated and in profile, whilst Kit is seen through a door, wearing a Glengarry cap and standing in the black-and-white tiled hall. Behind him a door opens on to the dining room. The complex composition, at once interior and double-portrait, is lit from several sources. Shadow and reflection play a part in creating an atmosphere of contemplation and anticipation. Pryde frequently painted her four children and insisted on paying them a small fee to model.

Mabel Pryde

Mabel Pryde