Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Plate: NLT. 04
A. Original Lithograph bookplate from "London Types"
Published by William Heinemann, London 1898.
||10 3/8 in x 13 in
||26.4 cm x 33 cm
|Terms of Sale
On Sale: $195.00
The Horse Guards
Joy of the Milliner, Envy of the Line,
Star of the Parks, jack-booted, sworded, helmed, He sits between his
holsters, solid of spine;
Nor, as it seems, though WESTMINSTER
With the great globe, in earthquake and eclipse,
Would he and his charger cease from
This private in the Blues, nor would his lips
Move, though his gorge with throttled oaths
He wears his inches weightily, as he wears
His old-world armours; and with his port
His sturdy graces and enormous airs,
He towers, in speech his Colonel countrified.
A triumph, waxing statelier year by year,
Of British blood, and bone, and beef, and beer.
by W.E. Henley from "London Types"
"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.
One of the most famous of the groups of prints that Nicholson cut
at this period was the series known as 'London Types'. This was made
at the instigation of William Heinemann, who published all William
Nicholson's early prints.
The series portrays typical figures from London life of the period.The
girls who sat with the baskets of flowers for sale were a familiar
sight near 'Rotten Row' where the fashionable people of London society
rode out on their horses at the edge of Hyde Park by Park Lane. The
impressions of this popular edition were printed by taking a transfer
from his woodblock onto a lithographic stone and adding lithograph