Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
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Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)


Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
signed and inscribed 'William Nicholson/38 Mecklenburgh Square/Bloomsbury WC/Nancy' (on a label attached to the backboard)
pencil, pen, brush and black ink and wash
12¼ x 8¼ in. (31.1 x 21 cm.)
Executed in 1902
Arthur Kay, Edinburgh, by whom purchased at the 1908 exhibition.
Glasgow, T.R. Annan & Son, The Society of Twelve, 1908, no. 16.
London, Great White City, Coronation Exhibition of the Arts, Industries and Resources of the British Empire, 1911, no. 1860.
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1938, no. 704.
Edinburgh, Great King Street Gallery, British Painters 1850-1950, April 1972, no. 60.
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Lot Essay

We are grateful to Patricia Reed for providing the catalogue entries for lots 18 and 19.

The artist's daughter, Nancy Nicholson (1899-1977) married the poet Robert Graves in 1918. The present work was probably executed at Chaucer's House, Woodstock, in the summer of 1902. Another drawing of Nancy at the same age, and in the same hat, dated 1902, was exhibited as Costume Study, no. 93, at Obach & Co., The Society of Twelve in 1908.


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