Artist: Sir William Nicholson English (1872-1942) Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Title: Bluecoat Boy
Plate: NLT. 11
Original Lithograph bookplate from "London Types" Published by William Heinemann, London 1898.
Sheet Size: 10 3/8 in x 13 in 26.4 cm x 33 cm
So went our boys when EDWARD VI, the King, Chartered CHRIST'S HOSPITAL, and died, And so Full fifteen generations in a string Of heirs to his bequest have had to go. Thus CAMDEN showed, and BARNES, and STILLINGFLEET, And RICHARDSON, that bade our LOVELACE be; The little ELIA thus in NEWGATE STREET; Thus to his GENEVIEVE young S.T.C. With thousands else that, wandering up and down, Quaint, privileged, liked and reputed well, Made the great School a part of LONDON TOWN Patent as PAUL's and vital as BOW BELL: The old School nearing exile, day by day, To certain clay-lands somewhere HORSHAM way.
by W.E. Henley from "London Types"
"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 stylised 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.
One of the most famous of the groups of prints that Nicholson cut at this period was the series known as 'London Types'. This was made at the instigation of William Heinemann, who published all William Nicholson's early prints. The series portrays typical figures from London life of the period.The girls who sat with the baskets of flowers for sale were a familiar sight near 'Rotten Row' where the fashionable people of London society rode out on their horses at the edge of Hyde Park by Park Lane. The impressions of this popular edition were printed by taking a transfer from his woodblock onto a lithographic stone and adding lithograph colour" (Weston)