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

Gurnards

Details
Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
Gurnards
signed 'Nicholson' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
11¾ x 16 in. (29.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in 1931.
Provenance
with Leicester Galleries, London.
T.E. Milligan Grundy, 1943.
with Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London, 1949.
1st Baron Wilmot, 1956, and by descent to Lady Wilmot.
Her sale; Sotheby's, London, 16 December 1964, lot 36.
with Marlborough Fine Art, London.
Acquired by Mark Birley by 1990.
Literature
L. Browse, William Nicholson, 1956, p. 92, no. 368, pl. 32.
Exhibition catalogue, William Nicholson Centenary Exhibition, London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, 1972, p. 16, no. 19, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, William Nicholson. 1872-1949, London, Browse & Darby, 1990, n.p., no. 28, illustrated.
P. Reed, William Nicholson: Catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings, London, 2011, p. 513, no. 659, illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Beaux Arts Gallery, Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by William Nicholson, May - June 1933, as 'Mullets'.
London, Leicester Galleries, Recent Paintings by William Nicholson, May - June 1934, no. 82.
London, Leicester Galleries, An Exhibition of Paintings by Sir William Nicholson, May - June 1938, no. 21.
London, Leicester Galleries, Paintings by Sir William Nicholson, April 1943, no. 53.
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, English and French Paintings between 1770 and 1920, April - May 1950, no. 11.
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, William Nicholson: Joseph Herman, October - November 1951, no. 1.
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, The Renaissance of the Fish: Paintings from the Seventeenth to Twentieth Century, October - November 1953, no. 20.
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, Paintings by William Nicholson as Desmond, Lord Harmsworth, March - April 1954, no. 13.
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, William Nicholson Centenary Exhibition, April - May 1972, no. 19.
London, Browse & Darby, William Nicholson, 1872-1949, March - April 1990, no. 28.
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Lot Essay

In August 1931 William Nicholson and family holidayed on the west coast of Ireland, near Letterfrack in County Galway. During the three week stay he produced a portrait, since lost, a landscape of the hills near Letterfrack (private collection) and this beautifully observed study of two red gurnards. Unlike his other fish paintings where the subjects lie on plates or newspaper, these are resting on the sandy beach against a bank of seaweed and pebbles.

We are very grateful to Patricia Reed for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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