William NICHOLSON Almanac of Twelve Sports
“Why Golf is Art and Art is Golf…”
Original India ink and gouache watercolor on paper for Rudyard Kipling’s Almanac of Twelve Sports. 1898. This is a final study for the woodcut.
Measures 7-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches, glazed and framed.
Sir William Newzam Prior NICHOLSON [1872 – 1949; knighted 1936], was an English artist, designer and book illustrator, including such children’s book classics as The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) by Margery Williams, and his own books: Clever Bill (1926) and The Pirate Twins (1929). With his brother-in-law James PRYDE (together they were known as the Beggarstaff Brothers), they produced striking block posters and woodcut designs, this style was carried forward in producing Nicholson’s famous set of large portfolios: An Alphabet, An Almanac of Twelve Sports, London Types, etc. He concentrated on painting after 1900.
Provenance: The artist’s family, by way of Clare Warrack and Geoffrey Perkins, Oxfordshire, UK (acquired in the late 1970s).