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William Nicholson (1872 - 1949)   BIOGRAPHY

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Lord Kitchener, circa 1900
Unmounted (ref: 2622)

Lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, 10 x 9 1/8 in. (25.4 x 23 cm.)


 


Published by William Heinemann
1900 (February)

This portrait may have been engraved in 1898, at the time of Kitchener's Sudan campaign. However, it does not seem to have been offered for sale until February 1900. Thirty or more impressions were taken from the block on which the portrait was engraved, and these were mounted on card and signed and dated 'William Nicholson 1900'. Advertisements for these hand-coloured woodcuts have not yet been traced, but the cuts were probably offered to members of the public at the same time as the lithographic reproductions (i.e., in February 1900).
The Lord Kitchener was reissued in Twelve Portraits (second series) in 1902.
An impression was shown at the Company of the Butterfly exhibition in November 1900 (no. 94).

Lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut
Published by William Heinemann 1900 (February)

Lithographic reproductions of the Lord Kitchener cut, mounted on card, were advertised in the 24 February 1900 issue of the Athenaeum at 2s 6d each (6 shillings framed). The advertisement was repeated throughout March 1900.
The Lord Kitchener was reissued in Twelve Portraits (second series) in 1902.



William Nicholson (1872 - 1949)

Sir William Nicholson (1872—1949) was an English painter, also known for his work as an illustrator and author of children's books. He was the son of William Newzam Nicholson, an industrialist and Conservative MP of Newark, and Annie Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph Prior and Elizabeth (nee Mallam) of Woodstock, Oxon. He was a student at Hubert von Herkomer's art school. Nicholson's partnership with James Pryde, his brother-in-law, was conspicuous for striking graphical work and woodcuts—they were known as the Beggarstaff Brothers, and their poster work was significant historically. He married Mabel Pryde (1871-1918), also an artist, in 1893. After 1900 he concentrated on painting, encouraged by Whistler. He was knighted in 1936. Ben Nicholson and Nancy Nicholson were his children; as was the architect Christopher 'Kit' Nicholson. He was involved in illustrating early volumes from Robert Graves, with Nancy, who was Graves' first wife. He wrote and illustrated characteristic children's books: The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) by Margery Williams and his own Clever Bill (1926) and The Pirate Twins (1929) for Faber & Faber. He also designed stained glass, notably a memorial window at St Andrew's Church, Mells.

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