Mabel Nicholson
The Harlequin c.1910

Artwork details

Mabel Nicholson 1871–1918
The Harlequin
Date c.1910
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1018 x 643 mm
frame: 1238 x 856 x 72 mm
Acquisition Presented by Timothy Nicholson 1982
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

Display caption

William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde painted several portraits of their four children. Here, Annie Mary ’Nancy’ Nicholson (1899–1977) is eleven years old. There is no sentimentality about the scene and a theatrical effect is created by the dark interior and the harlequin outfit, one of several costumes kept in the family dressing-up box. Mabel Nicholson died in the influenza epidemic in 1918. Nancy became an artist too, and in the same year married the writer Robert Graves.

February 2016

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