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.
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Cecil Rhodes (English, 1853-1902) was a British-born South
African businessman, mining magnate, and politician. He was the
founder of the diamond company De Beers, which today markets 60%
of the world's rough diamonds and at one time marketed 90%. He was
an ardent believer in colonialism and was the founder of the state
of Rhodesia, which was named after him. Rhodesia, later Northern
and Southern Rhodesia, eventually became Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively.
He is also especially known today for the scholarship that bears
"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)