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The Frog Prince


Jessie Marion King artist


Scottish; British; Glasgow Style




oil on panel


image: 355 mm x 677 mm; framed 525 mm x 849 mm x 55 mm


Oil on panel titled ‘The Frog Prince’ by Jessie Marion King, 1913.

In 1913, whilst living, working and teaching in Paris, King was invited to display work at the exhibition ‘Art for Children’ at the city’s Musée Galliera. She designed ‘A Modern Nursery’; an entire nursery interior, with toys, a doll’s house (now in the collection of the V&A), child-size furniture, a rocking horse named 'Brightling' and a leaded-glass window with a woodpecker design. This panel was one of four panel paintings that lined the walls above bookcases and told the fairy tale of The Frog Prince. A French critic wrote upon seeing her room 'One longs to become a child again'.

Paris gave King many opportunities. There she was introduced to the technique of batik, which, suiting her freer, painterly style, became a passion, a commercial success and influenced her illustrative style. Mimicking the effect of drawing with a wax resist and working with bright coloured dyes she began to draw lines in white – an absence of line – between a bolder use of blocks of colour.

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Purchased from Barclay Lennie Fine Art Ltd, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2004

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Kelvingrove Picture Promenade

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