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James Abbott McNeill Whistler , published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson published 1899 (1897) © NPG D32970
Radical Woodcuts

St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom
March 26th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2014
Opening: March 26th, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.npg.org.uk
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
westminster
EMAIL:  
emacnair@npg.org.uk
PHONE:  
+44 020 7321 6620
OPEN HOURS:  
Open daily 10am - 6pm; Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm
TAGS:  
woodcuts
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

 

At the beginning of his career, William Nicholson experimented with graphic art, producing hand-coloured woodcuts that were widely praised for the boldness and simplicity of their design.  These were to establish his reputation as a radical artist and pave the way to his future success as a portrait painter.   

 

This display focuses upon three examples published as part of an edition of lithographs by William Heinemann, in 1899.  Through his portraits of Queen Victoria, James McNeill Whistler and Sarah Bernhardt, Nicholson sought to express the essential characteristics of his subjects, producing striking images that continue to resonate today.