Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
"'The Guardsman' (The Horse Guards)"
Lithographic transfer of the hand-coloured woodcut
Published by William Heinemann, 1898
As part of the "London Types" Series
25.5 cm x 23 cm (Image size)
Private Collection, London
This striking image of a member of the 'Royal Horse Guards' on Horse Guards Parade, wearing the famous 'Albert helmet' (with a scarlet horsehair plume), uniform cape, gauntlets, shoulder belt, and cavalry cuirass breastplate is taken from a Popular Edition of Nicholson's "London Types" (a series of thirteen plates published by William Heinemann, London, November 1898).
For his graphic works Nicholson was inspired by the simple woodblock prints in Georgian 'chapbooks' which, though crude, could nevertheless convey complicated images through clever design.
53 A, p.189, Colin Campbell, "William Nicholson: The Graphic Work", London, Barrie & Jenkins, 1992
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