"May" William Heinemann. 1898, 1898. 11" x 9" Printed on Japanese Vellum. "An Almanac of Twelve Sports", William Heinemann, William Nicholson 1898. Condition: Fine condition, no foxing or damage Period wood frame
For your consideration, an original page from a calendar entitled "May" from a calendar composed of illustrations of seasonal sports by Sir William Nicholson and accompanying short verses by Kipling from "An Almanac of Twelve Sports" The reverse of "May" can be found these verses by Rudyard Kipling":
Thank God who made the British Isles And taught me how to play, I do not worship crocodiles Or bow the knee to clay!
Give me a willow wand and I, With hide and cork and twine, From century to century Will gambol round my Shrine.
William Nicholson (1872-1949) began his career in collaboration with brother-in-law James Pryde. Under the name of the Beggarstaff brothers, they created influential poster designs. He went on to gain fame for his woodcuts, including his popular portrait of Queen Victoria. The Almanac of Sports was accompanied by the verses of Rudyard Kipling. Nicholson's graphic style has an elegant economy of line, describing his subjects in bold blacks with muted color. These prints are redolent of the fin de siecle, hinting at both Japanese influence and the emergence of Art Nouveau. Nicholson's woodcuts were hand cut by him on the blocks. Following these impressions the image was transferred to a lithographic stone and the popular edition "Almanach of Twelve Sports" printed, with lithographic colors and no signature.
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