James Ferrier Pryde

The Birthplace of George Whitelaw

About this artwork

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Birthplace of George Whitelaw
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • materials:
    Gouache, pencil and ink on paper
  • measurements:
    4.50 x 8.30 cm; painted on card: 6.50 x 9.70 cm; mounted on card: 7.50 x 11.50 cm (framed: 19.70 x 22.20 x 1.40 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Lewis and Louisa Creed 2001
  • accession number:
    GMA 4388
  • gallery:
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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.