WILLIAM NICHOLSON (1872-1949)
Beef-Eater (The Tower) 1898
hand-coloured wood engraving, signed and dated, printed on Japan paper, laid onto a sheet of wove paper, laid onto board
10 x 9¼ in (25.5 x 23.2 cm)
Published by William Heinemann
From the deluxe edition of London Types
William Nicholson produced thirteen designs for London Types: a Bus Driver, Guardsman, Hawker, Beef-eater, Sandwich-man, Coster, Lady, Bluecoat Boy, Policeman, Newsboy, Drum-Major, Flower Girl, and Barmaid. The prints were each accompanied by a quartorzain by W.E.Henley, publisher of The New Review. The book was published in three English editions. The rare Deluxe Edition contained woodcuts printed from the original woodblocks which were hand-coloured by the artist, trimmed to the border, mounted on card, signed in pen and ink on the card, and issued loose in a portfolio. Around 40 sets of these examples were printed.