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Sir William Nicholson

Sir William Nicholson (1872 - 1949)
Painter of still life, landscape and portraits, engraver and theatre designer. William Nicholson was born on the 5th February 1872 at Newark-on-Trent and educated at Magnus School, Newark, where he was taught drawing by a pupil of Sir William Beechey. He studied at Herkomer's School at Bushey 1888-9, meeting James Pryde, and at the Académie Julian in Paris 1889-90. He married Pryde's sister Mabel, also a painter, in 1893 and together they had a son, Ben Nicholson, a famous artist in his own right. With James Pryde, Nicholson designed posters under the name of 'J. & W. Beggarstaff'.
He exhibited at the International Society from 1898, becoming a member in 1906 and a foundation member of the National Portrait Society 1911. His first one-man exhibition was at the Paterson Gallery in 1906. He had retrospective exhibitions at Nottingham and the Beaux Arts Gallery 1933, Belfast 1934, and the National Gallery 1942. He was a trustee of the Tate Gallery in 1934-9. He was knighted in 1936 and died 16 May 1949 at Blewbury, Berkshire.

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