Countdown to Christmas - VIII


Framed "Coaching" Print from "An Almanac of Twelve Sports" by Sir William Nicholson (LEO Design)


Christmas is rumbling toward us!  It's only five days away!

One can nearly hear the clatter of hooves, the rumble of the coach, and the shouts of the coachman reverberating off of this print, made in London in 1898.  It was first hand-carved as a woodblock print by Sir William Nicholson, RA, who then re-printed it with the "more modern" lithographic technology.  Tinted highlight color would then be applied by hand.  It was published as one in a portfolio of prints—one for each month—called An Almanac of Twelve Sports.  Different "sporting" activities were depicted, accompanied by text written by Rudyard Kipling.

This particular print, titled "Coaching," conveys an energy which bursts off of the page.  It displays the mastery of Nicholson, who could convey so much with  brevity and intention.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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