Sir William Nicholson
05 Feb 1872 - 16 May 1949
NICHOLSON worked as a wood engraver, illustrator, theatre designer, painter and lithographer. From the mid 1890s he collaborated with his brother-in-law, James Pryde, on a series of posters and illustrated books broadly based on the poster style of Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard. He made his first appearance as a woodcut artist in the influential magazine, ‘The Dome’ 1897. Most of his experimentation with woodcut illustrations (characterised by effects of massed shadow and bold outline) came pre-1900, although he contributed to journals spasmodically until the 1920s. Nicholson’s later career was almost entirely spent painting. He was knighted in 1936.
7.1 x 7.4 cm block; 16.0 x 14.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Hendrik Kolenberg 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Estate of Sir William Nicholson/Bridgeman Art Library
Hendrik Kolenberg, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Hendrik Kolenberg 2013.
William Weston Gallery, London/England, Purchased by Kolenberg 1976