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Artist: Sir William Nicholson
English (1872-1942)
Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Plate: NP. 07
Title: W.E. Gladstone

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: $250.00 USD


"The Grand old Man"

William Ewart Gladstone ( 18091898) was a British Liberal Party statesman and Prime Minister (186874, 188085, 1886 and 189294). The British statesman was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for much of his career. She once complained "He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting." Gladstone was known affectionately by his supporters as the "Grand Old Man" or "The People's William". He is still regarded as one of the greatest British prime ministers, with Winston Churchill and others citing Gladstone as their inspiration.

"Nicholson did this image 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.

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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