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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 190

    John Nixon (1750-1818)

    View of Brighton, showing Miss Widgett's circulating library, Marlborough House, the Castle Inn, Assembly Rooms, the Marine Pavilion and St Nicholas' Church beyond

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    John Nixon (1750-1818)
    View of Brighton, showing Miss Widgett's circulating library, Marlborough House, the Castle Inn, Assembly Rooms, the Marine Pavilion and St Nicholas' Church beyond
    signed and dated 'J. Nixon 1792' (lower left)
    pencil, pen and grey ink and watercolour, on the artist's wash-line mount
    15 3/8 x 21½ in. (39 x 55 cm.)


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    The present drawing is a particularly charming example of the work of the caricaturist Nixon. Nixon's exact connections with Ireland are not known but he is thought possibly to have come from either Belfast or Co. Carlow. What is certain is that he worked with his brother Richard, an Irish merchant in London and travelled regularly in both northern and southern Ireland. They lived a life of riotous conviviality as well as being respectable businessmen. Nixon was a great friend of Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) whose influence can be seen in both his later drawing style and in his capacity to capture expressions, a talent that led him to excel at caricature.

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