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Nicholson, William RSA (Scottish)
1781 - 1844

The Stone Bridge, watercolor, signed l/r,
9.75" x 13.75" unframed.

About the Painting: Very good condition; laid down on card. A relatively rare landscape watercolor by this artist.

About the Artist: Born Newcastle, he spent most of his life in Edinburgh and was a founder member of the RSA, acting as its Secretary in the early years. His oil paintings are less interesting than his portraits in pencil and
watercolour, and he was a good portrait miniaturist. He painted some landscapes in wateroclour. Died Edinburgh. from The Dictionary of Scottish Painters.

In 1821 Nicholson married an Edinburgh woman Maria Lamb and, in the same year, contributed to the first modern exhibition of the Institution for the Encouragement of the Arts in Scotland. In 1826 he was among the most active founding members of the Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. At its first meeting he was elected secretary, a position he held until 1830. He contributed to each of the Academy's Exhibitions until his death by fever in 1844, latterly specializing in genre, landscape, and coast subjects rather than portraits.

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