Nanny and Rose

Scott Prior (American, born in 1949)


Overall: 67 3/4 x 59 1/2 inches (172.1 x 151.1 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



In the mid-1980’s, Scott Prior turned to family and home as his primary inspiration. Working both from life and from posed photographs, Prior captures domestic intimacy - in this case the compainshihp between his wife, Nanny, and their dog, Rose. The artist has said that: “Nanny and Rose and the subsequent paintings… are very personal. To me they are like large snapshot photos, and as a collection they have become a memory album of my life. It has been my belief that the painted intimacies of ordinary life must be recorded and celebrated.”


The artist; with Alpha Gallery, Boston, 1984; to Stephen and Sybil Stone, MA, 1984; to MFA, Boston ,1984

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation


Reproduced with permission.