B is for Beggar; An Alphabet. William Nicholson.

B is for Beggar; An Alphabet

London: William Heinemann, 1898. First printing. Matted in Rag Board. A Fine original color-printed lithograph. Quarto (9.75 x 12.25). Archivally double-matted to 14.25 x 16.5 inches, suitable for framing. William Nicholson (British 1872-1949) gained notoriety as a beloved portrayer of British Victorian culture with his dignified caricatures of both the pillars of society and the lay folk. His woodcut portraits of Queen Victoria, James McNeill Whistler, and Rudyard Kipling, from which this print was inspired, were both traditional yet innovative. Referencing the subculture of the late 19th Century Parisian Cafe society through the poster advertisements, and the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, Nicholson's mid-tonal compositions honored the void as well as the light. His revolutionary technique of carving away wide sections of block introduced a modern perspective to the traditional art of portraiture, caricature and book illustration. Fine. Item #4938

Price: $325.00