Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Title: Cricket / June
A. Original Lithograph plate from "An Almanach of Twelve
Sports" Published by William Heinemann, London 1898.
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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||9 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in
||24 cm x 31 cm
|Price: $250.00 USD
Thank God who made the British Isles
And taught me how to play,
I do not worship corcodiles
or bow the knee to clay!
Give me a willow wand and I,
With hide and cork and twine,
From century to century
Will gambol round my Shrine.
by Rudyard Kipling
from "An Almanach of Twelve Sports"
"William Nicholson’s woodcut images are perhaps the most revolutionary
British prints of their era. He changed the whole concept of the visual
imagery of woodcut as a medium. Dramatic and revolutionary in concept,
the woodcuts that he made for the "Almanach of Twelve Sports"
commissioned from him by his publisher Heinemann. Each is a work of
the very greatest genius. The bold simplicity of the form, using just
touches of definition, and the reduction of the drawing to a pattern
of black and white are illustrations of that genius... The bold and
stylized black border all suggest the influence of a knowledge of
Japanese prints, works which were hardly known at all in England at
that date except through those shown at the Great Exhibition in Paris.
Yet at this period Nicholson had had no real contact with French art
and could only have seen such Japanese prints through illustrations
in magazines. It is a measure of the individual genius of his inspiration
that he arrived at the expression of such sophisticated and revolutionary
visual forms at such a young and inexperienced age.
Nicholson’s woodcuts were hand cut by him on the blocks. the first
impressions were then hand-printed in black ink onto sheets of thin
India paper mounted onto stiff card backing sheets. The prints were
then coloured each by hand by him in water-colour. The prints were
signed in black ink on the backing sheets. Following these impressions
the image was transferred to a lithographic stone and the popular
edition "Almanach of Twelve Sports" printed, with lithographic
colours and no signature" (Weston)