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Artist: Sir William Nicholson
English (1872-1942)
Also known as Beggarstaff along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
Plate: NLT. 04
Title: Guardsman

Description: Condition A. 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
Terms of Sale
Price: $250.00 USD
On Sale: $195.00

The Horse Guards

Joy of the Milliner, Envy of the Line,
Star of the Parks, jack-booted, sworded, helmed, He sits between his holsters, solid of spine;
Nor, as it seems, though WESTMINSTER
were whelmed,
With the great globe, in earthquake and eclipse,
Would he and his charger cease from
mounting guard,
This private in the Blues, nor would his lips
Move, though his gorge with throttled oaths
were charred!
He wears his inches weightily, as he wears
His old-world armours; and with his port
and pride,
His sturdy graces and enormous airs,
He towers, in speech his Colonel countrified.
A triumph, waxing statelier year by year,
Of British blood, and bone, and beef, and beer.

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)

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