Also known as Beggarstaff
along with James Pryde, Scottish (1866-1941)
|Plate: NP. 07
|Title: W.E. Gladstone
A. Original colour lithograph from "Twelve Portraits"
by William Heinemann, London 1899..
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
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||9 7/8 in x 10 1/14 in
||25 cm x 26 cm
"The Grand old Man"
William Ewart Gladstone ( 1809–1898) was a British Liberal
Party statesman and Prime Minister (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94).
The British statesman was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for
much of his career. She once complained "He always addresses me as
if I were a public meeting." Gladstone was known affectionately by
his supporters as the "Grand Old Man" or "The People's William". He
is still regarded as one of the greatest British prime ministers,
with Winston Churchill and others citing Gladstone as their inspiration.
"Nicholson did this image just after his
association with James Pryde as The Beggarstaff
Brothers had come to an end. But his revolutionary approach to design
which marked the Beggarstaff posters, found further expression in
the small-scale woodcuts on which he then concentrated.
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 stylized 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