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The Beggarstaffs

Sir William Nicholson
  English (1872-1949)
James Pryde
  Scottish (1866-1941)

The Beggarstaffs (Sir William Nicholson, English, 1872-1949 & James Pryde, Scottish, 1866-1941) Under the pseudonym, they virtually created the modern poster, with clear outlines and large areas of flat colour. Perhaps the most influential graphic designers of all time.

William Nicholson's woodblock prints of the 1890's were amongst the most revolutionary British print images of the era. They used a treatment of form, with a stylised simplification of shape, and a handling of perspective and picture space which had had no precedent in British art. Influences of Japanese art, and a parallel thinking to, if not a direct knowledge of, the ideas of Toulouse Lautrec and of the Nabis painters in Paris at the same period can certainly be felt, although there is no record that Nicholson had actually studied either at this date.

Greg's recommended reading:
The Beggarstaff Posters
by Colin Campbell.


The Beggarstaffs - Sir William Nicholson - Poster Gallery
click on each image for details and price
4 Galleries - scroll down.

Greg's 11th annual August Poster Sale August 1st to 31st
Take 20% off every poster in stock. Free shipping on two or more in North America.

Original "Maitre de l'Affiche" (original small format posters) Printed between 1896-1900



Don Quixote

PL.63 printed 1898
$1050.00





Hamlet

PL.107 printed 1898
Sold To Request




Kassama

PL.232 printed 1900
$750.00




Rowntree's

PL.168 printed 1899
$575.00


A Trip to
Chinatown

PL.184 printed 1899
$375.00



Harpers

PL.16 printed 1896
Sold To Request


“One of us gets an idea”, said Pryde, “we talk it over, the other suggests an addition, the matter is reconsidered, perhaps shelved away for months.”

Interview Idler magazine, Jan. 1896



Greg's recommended reading:
The Beggarstaff Posters
by Colin Campbell.


Just Added Sir William Nicholson (aka, Beggarstaff)
"Twelve Portraits"
printed 1899-1902 (12 images)



Sada Yacco
from "Twelve Portraits"
2nd Series printed 1902
Sold



James Whistler
from "Twelve Portraits"
printed 1899
Sold



W.E. Gladstone

from "Twelve Portraits"
printed 1899

$250.00



Lord Roberts
from "Twelve Portraits" printed 1899
$250.00
Other Portraits include: Sada Yacco, James Whistler, Gladstone, Lord Roberts,
Prince Bismarck, Sir Henry Hawkins, Cecil Rhodes, The Archbishop of Canterbury
.
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"Portraits" »»

Sir William Nicholson (aka, Beggarstaff) "London Types" printed 1898 (12 images)



"Coster"
from "London Types"
printed 1898



"Guardsman"
from "London Types"
printed 1898



"Flower Girl
"
from "London Types"
printed 1898





"News-boy"
from "London Types"
printed 1898
More "London Types" »»

Sir William Nicholson (aka, Beggarstaff)
"An Almanach of Twelves Sports" printed 1898 (12 images)



January. Hunting
from "An Almanach
of Twelve Sports"
printed 1898





February. Coursing
from "An Almanach
of Twelve Sports"
printed 1898



March. Racing
from "An Almanach
of Twelve Sports"
printed 1898




April. Boating
from "An Almanach
of Twelve Sports"
printed 1898

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