Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Plate: NLT. 08
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
Far out of bounds he's figured-in a race
Of West-End traffic pitching to his loss.
But, if you'd see him, in his proper place,
Making the browns for bub and grub and doss,
Go East among the merchants and their men,
And where the press is noisiest, and the tides
Of trade run highest and widest, there and then
You shall behold him, edging with equal strides
Along the kerb; hawking in either hand
Some artful nothing made of twine and tin,
Cardboard and foil and bits of rubber band:
Some penn'orth of wit-in-fact that, with a grin,
The careful; City marvels at, and buys
For nurselings in the Suburbs to despise!
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