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
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Field Marshal Frederick Roberts (1832-1914)
Lord Roberts was born in Cawnpore, India, in 1832. He came from
a military family and was educated at Eton, Sandhurst and Addiscombe.
His military career began in India where he won the Victoria Cross
during the India Mutiny. He commanded troops in India, Abyssinia,
Afghanistan, Burma, Ireland and South Africa.
Lord Roberts was very popular both with his troops and with the
press. He was known for his self promotion, he even suggested stories
about himself to the military correspondents who travelled with
He became the Honorary Colonel of the Queen's Own Rifles on 17 August
1900 and held that appointment until his death in 1914.
"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 date." (Weston)