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First published by William Heineman, London, 1900 and today one of Nicholson's scarcest illustrated books. The first-ever calendar we have had on this important vintage artist, and in a tiny limited edition. Once again this year, a devoted art fan in the Bay Area has produced a specialty high quality calendar featuring beautiful and very scarce artwork. Nicholson at this point was inspired by bold, Art Nouveau style poster art and his books are unique in their bold approach top narrative. Spiral bound, printed on very heavy stock, oversized, and enclosed in a handsome clear-view sleeve. Each page can be removed to beome a fine art print.
Book design and illustration: Nicholson provided illustrations and cover designs for several of the early books of his son-in-law Robert Graves. He supplied the illustrations for The Velveteen Rabbit, a book for children by Margery Williams (1922). He wrote and illustrated two books for children, Clever Bill (1926) and The Pirate Twins (1929), both published by Faber & Faber. He illustrated his most famous book, London Types, in 1898, which been reprinted frequently right up to today.
From about 1900 Nicholson concentrated on painting, encouraged by Whistler. He first exhibited as a painter at the International Society, of which Whistler was President.
In 1904 he designed the original settings for Peter Pan, and went on to design other plays and to illustrate books. He also designed stained glass, notably a memorial window at St Andrew's Church, Mells.
Nicholson had a number of pupils, including, in the 1930s, Winston Churchill. Churchill wrote that "I think the person who taught me most about painting was William Nicholson".
William Nicholson was born in Newark-on-Trent on 5 February 1872. He had art lessons from the painter, politician and art-master William Cubley of Newark-on-Trent, who had been a pupil of Sir William Beechey, who had been a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. He was briefly a student at Hubert von Herkomer's art school, and in 1891 he attended the Académie Julian in Paris.
In the spring of 1893 Nicholson eloped with Mabel Pryde, whom he had by then known for four years; they were married in Ruislip on 25 April. The couple went to live in what had been a pub, the Eight Bells at Denham, Bucks. They were soon joined by Mabel's brother James, and not long after by Ellen Terry's son Edward Gordon Craig and his wife May, who had also recently eloped and married. Nicholson received an annual allowance of £150 from his father. William and Mabel Nicholson had four children: the celebrated painter Ben (1894–1982); Anthony (1897–1918), who died of wounds in France during the First World War; Annie Mary "Nancy" (1899–1978), artist and wife of the poet Robert Graves; and the architect and designer Christopher "Kit" (1904–1948).
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Item Code WN20 Publisher Calligraphics Publish Date 2019 Binding Wirebound Dimensions 13x19 # Pages 24pg Color b&w