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Artist: Sir William Nicholson
English (1872-1942)
Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Plate: NLT. 05
Title: Lady

Description: Condition A. Original Lithograph bookplate from "London Types" Published by William Heinemann, London 1898.

Sheet Size: 10 3/8 in x 13 in
  26.4 cm x 33 cm
Terms of Sale
Price: $250.00 USD
On Sale: $195.00

Rotten Row

TIME, the old humourist, has a trick to day
Of moving landmarks and of levelling down,
Till into town the Suburbs edge their way,
And in the suburbs you may scent the Town.
With MOUNT ST. thus approaching MUSWELL
HILL,
And CLAPHAM COMMON marching with the MILE, You get a HAMMERSMITH that 'fills the bill',
A HAMPSTEAD with a serious sense of style.
So this fair creature, pictured in 'The Row',
As one of that "gay adulterous world",
whose round
Is by the
SERPENTINE, as readily be found
On STREATHAM's Hill, or WIMBLEDON's, or where Brixtonian kitchens lard the late-dining air.

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 impressions of this popular edition were printed by taking a transfer from his woodblock onto a lithographic stone and adding lithograph colour. (Weston)
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