Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Plate: NLT. 02
(The Royal Yeoman of the Guard)
A. Original Lithograph bookplate from "London Types"
Published by William Heinemann, London 1898.
||10 3/8 in x 13 in
||26.4 cm x 33 cm
|Terms of Sale
On Sale: $195.00
His beat lies knee-high through a dust of story-
A dust of terror and torture, grief and crime;
Ghosts that are ENGLAND's wonder, and shame,
and glory, Throng where he walks, and antic of old time; A sense of
long immedicable tears
Were ever with him, could his ears but heed;
The stern 'Hic Jacets' of our bloodiest years
Are for his reading, had he eyes to read,
But here, where CROOKBANK raged,
and CRANMER trimmed, And MORE and STRAFFORD face the axe's proving,
He shows that Crown the desperate Colonel nimmed,
Or simply keeps the Country Cousin moving, And stays such Cockney
pencillers as would shame
The wall where some dead Queen hath traced her name.
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
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 impressions of this popular edition were printed by taking a transfer
from his woodblock onto a lithographic stone and adding lithograph