William Nicholson (British, 1949)

Timeline

1888–1889
Studied at Herkomer’s school at Bushey
1889–1890
Studied at the Académie Julian in Paris
1890
Formed a partnership with James Pryde: ‘J. & W. Beggarstaff,’ designing posters and graphic works
1896–1900
Series of coloured woodcuts (The Alphabet, Queen Victoria and London Types) published by Heinemann
1904
Designed the set for the original theatre production of Peter Pan
1911
Founder-member of the National Portrait Society
1936
Knighted Sir William Nicholson
1934–1939
Trustee of the Tate Gallery
His later work reflected the influence of younger artists including his son, Ben Nicholson (1894-1982),
From 1900, Nicholson worked mainly in oils, initially displaying debt to Whistler, in works such as Max (1900), although his portrait of the actress Marie Tempest invites comparison with the work of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). This contrasts with the realism of other works, such as Girl with the Tattered Glove (1909). In 1917, Nicholson established his studio at a fashionable address in London’s St. James’s. During the 1920’s and 30’s he sustained a successful portrait practice, whilst also indulging his interest in still-life and landscape

Exhibitions

1933
The Castle Museum, Nottingham, Nicholson’s large and first retrospective.