Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
B for Beggar
Lithographic print of a hand coloured woodcut
Printed in December 1897 with a post date of 1898
10.75 x 8.75 ins / 27.5 x 22.5 cms
From An Alphabet (popular Edition) published by William Heinemann, London, 1898
`B for Beggar' is a portrait of James Pryde leaning on his 'beggar staff' - JW Beggarstaff was the company name under which William Nicholson & James Pryde worked in partnership together.
Nicholson's Alphabet was published shortly before Christmas 1897 (its title-page was post dated 1898) in three editions that set the pattern for future publications of the same kind: an Edition de Luxe consisting of 26 impressions taken from the original woodblocks and `Library' and `Popular' editions in which the hand-coloured cuts were reproduced lithographically.