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Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson. 1872-1949.

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A was an Artist. 1898. Woodcut with hand coloring by the artist. 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 (sheet 17 x 14). Series: An Alphabet. Set of 26 woodcuts hand colored by the artist from the édition de luxe of 50. Acording to Campbell, p. 182, "In this edition, woodcuts printed from the original blocks were hand-coloured by the artist, trimmed to the border, mounted on card, signed in pen and ink on the card and issued loose in a portfolio." The original card for this woodcut has been replaced by modern card.

This print was an ironic self-portrait showing Nicholson as a pavement artist (note the use of the past tense).

Nicholson produced two sample cuts, A was an Artist and D was an Dandy, which Heinemann approved, then, on the 27th of November 1896, Nicholson signed an agreement with Heinemann to produce ‘a set of twenty-six woodcuts representing the Alphabet’.

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