Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Plate: NLT. 07
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
Take any station, pavement, circus, corner,
Where men their styles of print may call or choose, And there-time
more on it than JACK HORNER- There shall you find him swathed in sheets
of news. Nothing can stay the placing
of his wares- Not bus, nor cab, nor dray!
The very Slop, That imp of power, is powerless!
Ever he dares, And, daring, lands his public neck and crop. Even the
loathes his Speeshul yell, His shriek of Winnur!
But his dart and leer
And poise are irresistible. PALL-MALL
Joys in him, and MILE END; for his vocation
Is to purvey the stuff of conservation.
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