James Pryde The Doctor exhibited 1909

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James Pryde 1866–1941
The Doctor
Date Exhibited 1909
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 857 x 719 mm
frame: 1023 x 902 x 130 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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This is the first of a series of pictures Pryde entitled ‘The Human Comedy’. Each painting is dominated by a four-poster bed, based on Pryde’s childhood memory of the magnificent bed in Mary Queen of Scots’ bedroom at Holyroodhouse. The artist remarked: ‘a bed is an important idea. Look what happens on it and how much of our lives we spend on it’. The dramatic shadows and somewhat macabre aura of expectancy in The Doctor function like a scene in a play; indeed, Pryde was a set and poster designer in the theatre.

May 2007

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