This groundbreaking exhibition features the collaborative graphics of William Nicholson and James Pryde.
'Beggarstaffs’ was the pseudonym used by William Nicholson and his brother-in-law James Pryde when they formed a remarkable artistic partnership in the 1890s. Rejecting their conventional art training, they invented an entirely novel collage technique to create the most innovative posters and graphics of the day, including their celebrated Don Quixote design for Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre production.
In the early years of the 20th century both artists were acclaimed as leading Modern British painters: Nicholson for the subtlety of his portraits and the brilliant naturalism of his still-life and flower studies and exquisite landscapes; Pryde for the darker, stage-set quality of his street-scenes and imaginary views of sinister ruins.
Pryde and Nicholson’s Beggarstaff graphics and their later individual works as painters have never before been shown together. The exhibition will explore the fascinating way in which their reciprocal influence and shared love of striking subject matter worked on their very different temperaments to inspire two remarkable artistic careers.