William Nicholson - B for Beggar
Lithographic transfer of the hand-coloured woodcut by William Nicholson. Published by William Heinemann as part of the Popular Edition of An Alphabet, 1898.
Image size: 9 1/4" x 7 3/4". Mounted: 16 1/2 x 14 1/2"
Generally very good condition throughout.
Nicholson (1872-1949) was paid the princely sum of £5.00 by Heinemann for each woodcut and a further sixpence for colouring those in the De luxe edition (apparently he was capable of finishing thirty to forty a day). The first edition of the Popular series were sold out by 1 January 1898. The model for the beggar in this image is in fact James Pryde, Nicholson's brother in law and partner in the their collaboration as the poster designers 'J. & W. Beggarstaff': beggar - staff, get it?