This is not so much a post as a post script. Before I leave the crumpled sheets alone we have to visit some really sagging matresses. One bed you will never forget once you have seen one is a James Pryde bed.
All of Pryde's paintings are truly memorable and almost unique in British painting for their eloquent brooding atmospheres. He embarked on a major series of twelve paintings, each painting is dominated by a huge four poster bed and seemingly illuminates a significant moment in life's story. Do seek out these bedchamber sagas, but don't overlook any Prydes that come your way, decaying tenements, ruinous monuments, scenes populated by Daumier, brilliant. Once seen...........
You have to love it, it's gloom is relentless, decay and an unspecified menace abound. His work is now attracting more interest, I suspect the paintings have taken on the air of fulfilled prophesy, watch the evening news and you will see Prydes world rolling by.
AGED AND AWKWARD