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Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) - Set of Five 1898 Lithographs, London Types

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A fine set of five original 1898 lithographs from the 'London Types' by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949). These include a Yeoman Warder from the Tower of London, a female coster, a guardsman from Horse Guards Parade, a 'blue-coat boy' at Newgate Street, and a drum-major from Wimbledon Common. These stylish 'London Types' were published in 1898 as part of a book of twelve, and were immediately highly popular.

The set are on wove laid to thick card, and all have been handsomely and uniformly framed in wide mounts and thin black contemporary frames, as shown.



In very good condition overall. The frames have some surface scratches and marks, as well as scuffing to the corners.


23.8 x 20.8cm (9.4" x 8.2")
Framed Size: 44.3 x 39.5cm (17.4" x 15.6")

Artist Biography

Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872-1949) was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, poster designer born in Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire the son of an engineer and member of Parliament. He studied at Herkomer Art School, Bushey and at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he met James Pryde and eventually married his sister Mabel Pryde. With Pryde, he began to produce theatrical posters under the pseudonym 'The Beggarstaff Brothers' in the 1890’s.

Despite being reproduced in magazines of time such as The Poster they were a commercial failure so, encouraged by Whistler, Nicholson abandoned his poster work and concentrated on painting. It was the former who introduced Nicholson to the publisher William Heinemann and between 1897 and 1900 Nicholson was to produce six series of prints, which included An Alphabet, London Types and Twelve Portraits. These were to make Nicholson well known. As a painter, specialising in portraits, landscapes and still lifes, he was a quintessential Edwardian in his fluent use of gentle tones. Although Nicholson was in great demand as a society portrait painter during the first decade of the 20th century, this was restricted somewhat with the advent of World War I although he did exhibit at the National Portrait Society and with the Society of Twelve.

A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the RA, London in 2004. He also designed for the theatre including the original setting for Peter Pan. A dandy and aesthete, he set a standard of elegance which his son, Ben Nicholson, rebelled against. He was knighted in 1936 and elected an Associate of the RA during the same year. Nicholson's work is held by galleries around the world including the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Museums Sheffield, NPG, Southampton Art Gallery, Tate, Towner Art Gallery and Worthing Art Gallery.

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Code km956
Artist Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
Date 1898
Dimensions 23.8 x 20.8cm
Framed Yes
Medium Lithograph
Style Illustration Art
Subject Portrait
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