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Sir William Nicholson, 1872–1949
ca. 1919
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas, mounted on millboard
13 x 16 inches (33 x 40.6 cm)

Signed, brown paint, lower left: "N."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Undetermined
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
cups | curtain | drinking glasses | food | mug | still life | tankard
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

William Nicholson gained early fame as a graphic designer in the 1890s, producing posters in collaboration with the artist James Pryde. In the early twentieth century he became an equally celebrated still-life painter, with a particular talent for capturing the reflection of light off different surfaces. Nicholson’s passion for still life was a great influence on his eldest son, Ben, whose work is shown nearby. “I owe a lot to my father,” Ben claimed in 1963, “especially his poetic ideal and his still-life theme. That didn't come from Cubism as some people think, but from my father—not only from what he did as a painter, but from the beautiful striped and spotted jugs and mugs and goblets and octagonal and hexagonal glass objects which he collected.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

20th Century Paintings and Sculpture (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Lillian Browse, William Nicholson, London, 1956, p. 122, no. 578, NJ18 N52 B76 1956 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's Sales Catalogue : British and Irish Modernist and Contemporary Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture : Friday, 10 November 1989, Christie's, London, Friday, November 10, 1989, p. 26, lot 224, Sales Catalogue (YCBA)

Patricia Reed, William Nicholson, catalogue raisonne´ of the oil paintings , Modern Art Press, London; New haven, 2011, pp. 22, 23, 359, no. 424, figs.20,23;pl424, NJ18.N52 A12 R44 2011 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sanford Schwartz, William Nicholson, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2004, p. 198, NJ18.N52 S35 2004 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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