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William Nicholson

Written by Carol Attwell on

Having just seen William Nicholson's painting of the Swimming Pool at Chartwell, alongside one by Churchill of the same subject, it was timely to be invited to view an exhibition of William Nicholson oil paintings in a gallery in St James's. An old college chum of mine has produced a very fine and impressive Catalogue Raisonee - published today. She was a wonderful guide telling me the stories behind the well chosen paintings that illustrated his wide ranging oeuvre. In 1909 he bought a summer house in Rottingdean so many of his landscapes depict the South Downs but there was one of Shingle Street in Suffolk. Pat told me that she had stayed in one of the pictured Coastguard Cottages and now I see they are looked after by Suffolk Secrets! In addition to landscapes (one of which belongs to David Bowie!), there were several beautiful still life studies including Gertrude Jekyll's boots and various gorgeous flowers in pretty jugs.

Carol Attwell

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