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Artist: Sir William Nicholson
English (1872-1942)
Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Plate: NP. 01
Title: Queen Victoria

Description: Condition A. Original colour lithograph from "Twelve Portraits" published
by William Heinemann, London 1899.

Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 9 7/8 in x 10 1/14 in
  25 cm x 26 cm
Price: temporarily out of stock
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H.M. Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Queen Victoria is associated with Britain's great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and, especially, empire. At her death, it was said, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set. Her reign lasted almost 64 years, the longest in British history.

"Nicholson did this image in 1897 just after his
association with James Pryde as The Beggarstaff Brothers had come to an end. But his revolutionary approach to design which marked the Beggarstaff posters, found further expression in the small-scale woodcuts on which he then concentrated. The portrait of Queen Victoria was so revolutionary and daring for the period that when Heinemann first saw it he was unwilling to issue it. However, when exhibited public acclamation made it one of the most successful images of the era.

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 stylized 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." (Weston)

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