The Square book of Animals by William Nicholson is a rhyming book of animals for children. Included in this edition is a study guide at the back of the book. William Nicholson, painter, print-maker and designer for the theater, studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris. He began his professional career as a poster designer and book illustrator, where the striking contrasts of black and white of his woodcutting technique were used to great effect. In 1894, Nicholson began collaborating on poster designs with his brother-in-law James Pryde and the two became known as the Beggerstaff Brothers. As early as 1890 the artist had begun to make woodcuts and to experiment with the addition of subtle tints of green, ochre and umber to his black and white compositions. Nicholson soon became known for his skill and innovation in the medium, elevating the art form to a high level of success, both aesthetically and commercially. In 1897, Nicholson produced his most celebrated portrait, 'Queen Victoria', which became one of the most famous British prints ever made. The popularity of 'Queen Victoria' led Nicholson to produce a series of celebrity portraits in1899. A series of suites of woodcuts followed and were published in two forms by William Heinemann. Limited editions, "for the connoisseur", were printed from Nicholson's hand-carved wooden blocks, while the same images were reproduced lithographically in large commercial editions. These albums, dating from 1898, are attractive and varied. Their titles give a good indication of their subject matter: London Types, 1898, A Square Book of Animals, 1900. William Nicholson's works are shown in a number of museums, including the Tate Gallery in London. This book is reproduction created from scans of the original book. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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  • Publication Date: September 9, 2012
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 63 Pages
  • File Size: 4,886 KB

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