Francis Nicholson (1753 - 1844)


The Lithograph


"The print is in every respect the equal to

and may be considered as an original sketch."



Until the second decade of the nineteenth century, an artist's work could only be reproduced via the work of an engraver. But the lithograph was cheaper to produce, and had the advantage of conveying an image from the artist's own hand. To a teacher such as Nicholson, it was a boon. To the student, something from the artist's own hand at a price that he could afford was a god-send. Nicholson embraced lithography enthusiastically, and, over the years, produced about 800 images. Some were teaching aids - including a notable series of trees - but most were of rural scenery for the commercial market.


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The Shire Oak, near Leeds


Lithograph by Francis Nicholson

dated 1820

Francis Nicholson lithograph of the Shire Oak near Leeds, c1820

Many of Nicholson's lithographs were issued in sets of six, often with covers depicting an inscription on stone - most appropriate for lithography! Here, we see one published by Rodwell & Martin, entitled Six Lithographic Impressions of Sketches from Nature, and dated 1821.

image of folio cover for Nicholson's lithographs  (1821)

Monochrome lithographs were all that was possible at that time, though Nicholson would hand-colour them for those who could afford it.

Image of corie linn, by Francis Nicholson datd 1821

Corie Lin - A Fall of the Clyde, near Lanark

Hand coloured lithograph

by Francis Nicholson, 1821