London Types
London Types

NICHOLSON, William. London Types.

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NICHOLSON, William. London Types. London: William Heinemann, 1898.

4to. Original cloth-backed boards, with Nicholson's Bus Driver design stamped in red and black on the upper cover; 13 lithographic reproductions (including cover design) of Nicholson's hand-coloured woodcuts, each accompanied by a leaf bearing a verse by W.E. Henley; a little offsetting from plates or occasional light foxing, small green ink stamp to title page reading "Arts and Crafts - The Hague" otherwise a very good copy.
Nicholson's cuts are: Bus Driver (Knightsbridge Road); Guardsman (The Horse Guards); Hawker (Kensington); Beef-eater (The Tower); Sandwich-Man (Trafalgar Square); Coster (Hammersmith); Lady (Rotten Row); Blucoat Boy (Newgate Street); Policeman (Constitution Hill); Newsboy (The City); Drum-Major (Wimbledon Common); Flower Girl (Any Corner); and Barmaid (Any Bar). The Bus Driver is used on the cover only. Nicholson's plates are characterised by using the coarse-grain side of the wood block during his printing. Although not strictly “Cries of London,” some of these characters are familiar from earlier series of prints stretching back over the previous century and, recognising this, Nicholson portrays them as quaint curiosities from another age.

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