A. Original colour lithograph from "Twelve Portraits"
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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Sir Henry Hawkins (English 1817-1907)
Raised to the peerage as Lord Brampton, eminent English lawyer and
Judge. He was the eldest son of John Hawings, solicitor of Hitchin.
Educated at Bedford School, he was articled to an uncle, a country
solicitor, but, "hating the drudgery of an attorney's office", he
went to London, studied at the Middle Temple, and was called to
the Bar in May, 1843. Without either money or influence to help
him, he made his mark as an advocate by sheer hard work, and in
1858 became a Queen's Counsel. He was engaged in many famous lawsuits.
He was appointed a judge of the Queen's Bench and was knighted in
November, 1875. The decisions of Judge Hawkins were noted for their
combination of sound law and shrewd common sense. (www.newadvent.org/)
"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)