William Nicholson. .

Sir William Nicholson English Painter, 1872 to 1949. .William Nicholson was a painter, print-maker and theatre designer. His father was a member of Parliament and he was sent to study art at the Academie Julian in Paris. He started his career as a designer of posters and as a book illustrator but soon became an innovative and celebrated maker of woodcuts. He broke ground with his experimental techniques Nicholson's first success as a graphic artist with a poster for a production of Hamlet. Many of Nicholson's contemporaries were influenced by Japanese woodblocks and the black-line cuts of 15th century Italian artists. Nicholson, however, was inspired by woodblocks in English 'chapbooks' (cheaply produced popular pamphlets) and by the 'primitive' character of old woodblocks which he discovered in a Newark bookshop. He first trained at the Bushey School under Hubert von Herkomer from 1888-9 and then travelled to Paris where he studied at the Academie Julian from 1889-90. Here he met James Pryde whose sister Mabel he married in 1893. Under the name of `J and W Beggarstaff' he and Pryde designed posters between 1893 and 1899; he also produced woodcuts published by Heinemanns between 1896 and 1900 In 1894, Nicholson began collaborating on poster designs with his brother-in-law James Pryde and the two became known as the JW Beggarstaff. Over the winter of 1896 to 7 Nicholson produced one of his most famous graphic works. An Alphabet begins with 'A was an Artist'. This print was an ironic self-portrait showing Nicholson as a pavement artist. Other prints ranged from Elizabethan to modern subject matter. 'G is for Gentleman' was a traditional subject; 'U is for Urchin' was more contemporary. Another departure from tradition was the exclusion of moralising verses. As early as 1890 the artist had begun to make woodcuts and experiment with addition of subtler tints of green, ochre and umber to black and white images. He soon became known for his skill in the medium, elevating the art form aesthetically and commercially. In 1897, Nicholson produced his most celebrated portrait, Queen Victoria, which became one of the most famous British prints ever made.The publisher’s prospectus of 1897 advertised three formats of this work: The Popular Edition, lithographed in colours on cartridge paper, for 5s.-2d., The Library Edition, lithographed in colours on Dutch hand-made paper, in cloth for 12s.6d., and The Edition de Luxe, printed from the original woodblocks, hand-coloured and signed by the artist, for 12 pounds, 12s. net. Nicholson's commemorative print celebrated Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897. This was published in Twelves Portraits From 1898 he exhibited at the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers being influenced by James McNeill Whistler who was President. In 1904 he was a founder member of the Society of Twelve, and held his first one-man show at the Paterson Gallery in 1906. He was also responsible for several theatre designs including the original sets for Peter Pan in 1904. Although perhaps not suited to a career as a portraitist, Nicholson painted portraits throughout his life and despite his detachment form artistic public life, was knighted in 1936. His finest portraits depict sitters with whom he was in sympathy, excelling in his portrayal of close friends. He was knighted in 1936, and his work is represented in a number of museums, including the Tate Gallery in London The woodcuts were published trimmed to the borders and mounted on cards many of which were signed in pen and ink;, in excellent condition Later the prints were transferred to lithographic plates;and sold either in deluxe Folio format or as bound books on thick hand made wove paper. An Alphabet (1896), An Almanac of Twelve Sports (1898), London Types (1899), and Twelve Portraits (1899/1900).

 


   


C was a Countess



D is for Dandy
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most



E is for Earl
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most



F is for Flower Girl
 


H for Huntsman
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £140 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most Framed and glazed



I for Idiot 


J for Jockey



M for Milkmaid
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most

N for Nobleman
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most


O for Ostler
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most



Q for Quaker
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most


R is for Robber



S for Sportsman
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most



T for Trumpeter
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most



U for Urchin



W for Waitress
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most


X for Xylographer [ Woodcut artist, type of printing etc ]
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most


Y is for Yokel nd NOT visible or on the pics


And Z for Zoologist
First sold in 1898, the Alphabet series of lithographs were commissioned via a new contract with Nicholson’s publisher William Heinemann in 1896.As in most others three differing editions of 'An Alphabet' were produced in total: The 'édition de luxe' printed directly from the woodcuts and hand-coloured by Nicholson himself, Then two lithograph versions, one 'better', the other in a cheaper binding . Due to being sold to children the original E is for Executioner and T for Topers of the de luxe edition was replaced with the more appropriate E is for Earl and T is for Trumpeter in the two lithographic editions. These have a library stamp behind the mount approx 1 cm round NOT visible or on the pics . These are all sold mounted/matted post inclusive . £85 each.. sorry re price higher cost went up ! but still cheaper than most




W for Waitress
From An Alphabet. Lithograph by William Nicholson Published 1898 [William Heinemann] Image 255 x 230 mm £55 inc postage ** Damage to top left corner would mount out if close mounted so cheaper **


Nicholson's fame reached its height with his series of woodcuts and lithographs made for the publisher, William Heinemann. These include the series, An Alphabet (1896), An Almanac of Twelve Sports (1898), London Types (1899), and Twelve Portraits (1900). Some of Twelve colour-printed lithographs after the original hand-colored wood engravings by Nicholson. Quatorzaines by W. E, Henley. One page of adverts. GORDON N. RAY, 294. " Henley's sonnets are vignettes of city life suggested by Nicholson's woodcuts, the poet in effect supplying the detail that the artist has left out. `Lisa,' the flower girl of `Hammersmith,' might be a first sketch of Eliza Doolittle in Shaw's `Pygmalion." RAY, also notes, "Nicholson was attentive to the content as to the design of his prints.his subject was almost invariably one which he understood thoroughly, English life of his own day." Previously, he and his brother-in-law James Pryde (J. and W. Beggarstaff) made a series of posters simple and bold that changed the direction of poster-art in England. The "Types" include Bus Driver, Guardsman, Hawker, Beef-eater, Dandwich-Man, Coster, Lady, Bluecoat Boy, Policeman, News-Boy, Drum-Major, Flower Girl, Barmaid. These are from the book London Types NOT the vastly superior and more expensive Deluxe Edition folio .Printed on thick wove paper and with full margins as published in 1898. Holes ( punched) from the stitches in the left margin, else in excellent condition throughout , strong unfaded



Hawker
Lithograph taken from original woodblocks by William Nicholson Published 1898 [William Heinemann] Image 255 x 230 mm £85 inc postage Proper rag paper first edition holes to left on buff thick quality rag paper £75


Blue Coat Boy
Lithograph taken from original woodblocks by William Nicholson Published 1898 [William Heinemann] Image 255 x 230 mm £85 inc postage Proper rag paper first edition holes to left on buff thick quality rag paper £75




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