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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The Archbishop of Canterbury is the chief bishop and principal
leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide
Frederick Temple (1821-1902) was one of the best-loved holders
of the title of Archbishop of Canterbury, which he held from 1896
until his death.
Ordained in 1846 and in the same year accepted the headship of Kneller
Hall, a college founded for the training of masters of workhouses
and penal schools.
In 1855 he became a school inspector, until being appointed Headmaster
of Rugby School. He reformed many aspects of the school and was
considered a stimulating intellectual teacher and an earnest religious
On the sudden death of Archbishop Benson in 1896, though now seventy-six
years of age, he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. His second
son, William Temple, became Archbishop of Canterbury some years
"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)