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Prints by William Nicholson


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William Nicholson Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) was an English artist well known for his unique style of woodcut prints. Beginning in the 1890s, he created posters with his brother-in-law James Pryde, using the pseudonyms J. & W. Beggarstaff. In 1897, Nicholson produced a woodcut print of Queen Victoria that was very well received and helped establish his reputation with the British public. About that same time Nicholson cut a series of wood blocks of An Illustrated Alphabet for publisher William Heinemann. Originally issued in a very small run of hand colored woodcuts, their popularity led to the images being transferred to lithographic stones and printed in a bound volume. This was soon followed by two other similar series of images, An Almanac of Twelve Sports and London Types. Nicholson's style is instantly recognizable, with the broad strokes from his original woodcuts printed with subtle variations of earth tones, harking back to earlier British chap book illustrations. After the turn of the century, Nicholson turned more to painting, though he did continue to produce illustrations for several books. The prints from his three bound plates volumes offer a wonderful sample of Nicholson's vision and also of British culture at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Prints by William Nicholson. From An Almanac of Twelve Sports. London: William Heinemann, 1898. Ca. 7 3/4 x 7 3/4. Color lithographic transfer from wood block. Very good condition.
January
January - Hunting. $200
Denver.
February
February - Coursing. $175
March
March - Racing. $200
Denver.
April
April - Boating. $200
May
May - Fishing. $175
Denver.
June
June - Cricket. $275
July
July - Archery. $175 Denver.
August
August - Coaching. $200
September
September - Shooting. $200
October
October - Golf. NA
November
November - Boxing. $225
Denver
December
December - Skating.
$200
Denver


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Prints by William Nicholson. From London Types. London: William Heinemann, 1898. Ca. 10 x 9. Color lithographic transfer from wood block. Very good condition.
Tower
Beefeater
"The Tower" $200
Flower girl
Flower girl
"Any Corner" $175
Barmaid
Barmaid
"Any Bar" $175
Drum Major
Drum Major
"Wimbledon Common" $175
Horse Guard
Guardsman
"The Horse Guards" $175
Hawker
Hawker
"Kensington" $175
Newsboy
Newsboy
"The City" $175
Lady
'Liza'
"Hammersmith" $175
Sandwich Man
Sandwich Man
"Trafalgar Square" $175
Lady
Lady
"Rotten Row" $175
Newgate Street
Blue Coat Boy
"Newgate Street" $175
Policeman
Mounted Policeman
"Constitution Hill" $175

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Publican
Prints by William Nicholson. From An Alphabet. New York: R.H. Russell, 1898. Ca. 9 1/2 x 7 3/4. Color lithographic transfer from wood block. Very good condition.



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