Nicholas, William (1807-1854)

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Artist; Draughtsman; Printmaker; Painter
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35953174
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A watercolourist, etcher and lithographer who liked to depict Shakespearian and mythological subjects. He was best known for his portraits and actively took part in various exhibitions around Australia.

watercolourist, etcher and lithographer, was born in Camberwell Grove, near London. William Dixson thought that his London etchings and mezzotints (now lost) showed that he was 'evidently apprenticed to a good firm of engravers and lithographers and attained a very high standard’. An entry in Ormond’s Early Victorian Portraits indicates that he was probably trained by or worked with A.M. Huffam, an English line and mezzotint engraver and lithographer, and that an 1830 engraving of William IV (British Museum) is his work. He arrived at Sydney on 25 February 1836 in the Roslyn Castle , commanded by Captain Richards, a relative. Years later sketches and sketchbooks that Nicholas left with Richards were restored to the family but have since been lost, probably dispersed. According to Dixson and Lionel Lindsay , the collection showed that Nicholas was fond of depicting Shakespearian and mythological subjects. The erotic tendencies and 'effeminate temperament’ Lindsay found in Danae , Leda and The Family Group drawn in Sydney (which depicted the artist, his wife and children nude) were evidence of the influence of 'Fuseli, Stothard and the “keepsake” artists’. Lindsay referred to 'the rustle of skirts [Nicholas] drew for a livelihood’ and Dixson also noted his English fashion-plate illustrations. A sketch for a large picture of Venus Victrix was described by Dixson, while Lindsay referred to an 'etching’ of the Jamaican boatman Billy Blue (see East ), the only evidence that Nicholas etched in New South Wales. Nicholas certainly made lithographs and he apparently used an ...

  • 25 February 1836 In Sydney on board the 'Roslyn Castle'.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1830 - c.1853

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According to The dictionary of Australian artists /edited by Joan Kerr, Nicholas' date of birth is 1807.

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Related people and organisations

Design and Art Australia Online

  • Private collections.
  • British Museum, London, England, UK
  • City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, VIC
  • Duntroon House, Canberra, ACT
  • National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Vaucluse House, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • Old Government House, Parramatta, NSW
  • Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • Second Exhibition of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia
  • First Exhibition of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia
  • Hobart Town Art Exhibition
  • (see also) Lindsay, Lionel
  • (see also) Barlow, Edward David
  • (see also) Fernyhough, William Henry
  • (see also) Prout, John Skinner
  • (see also) Russell, Robert
  • (see also) Elyard, Samuel
  • (see also) Baker, William Kellett
  • (see also) Martens, Conrad
  • (see also) Rae, John
  • (see also) Murray, Mary
  • (see also) Wentworth, William Charles
  • (see also) Grocott, Joseph
  • (see also) Wilson, James
  • (see also) Mitchell, T. L.
  • (see also) Huffam, A. M.
  • (see also) Dixson, William
  • (see also) Tompson, Charles
  • (see also) Allan, J.
  • (see also) Ford, W. H.
  • (see also) Richards,
  • (see also) Bourke, Richard
  • (see also) Tompson, Hannah
  • (see also) Fitzgerald, Ellen McDouall
  • (see also) Dearman, J.
  • (see also) Montague, H.
  • (see also) Bland,
  • (see also) Broughton, W. G.
  • (see also) Gibbes, Fanny
  • (see also) Hipkiss, Richard
  • (see also) King, Elizabeth
  • (see also) Lang, John Dunmore
  • (see also) Murphy, John
  • (see also) N., M.
  • (see also) Read, Richard Daniel
  • (see also) Rider, Thomas W.
  • (see also) Ross, Bryce

    <p>Nichols (Mr)</p>

  • (see also) Smith, Henry Robinson
  • (see also) Tompson, Charles
  • (see also) Underwood, Charlotte

    <p>painted a watercolour portrait of Charlotte Underwood in 1843</p>

  • (see also) Want, Randolph John
  • (see also) Woolcott & Clarke
  • (see also) First Fancy Ball in Australia
  • (see also) (Portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel George Johnston)
  • (see also) (Portrait of Dr Bland)
  • (see also) Infant Piety
  • (see also) (Portrait of W.C. Wentworth)
  • (see also) Benjamin Boyd Esq
  • (see also) [Ellen McDouall Fitzgerald (Mrs John Crichton Stuart)]
  • (see also) (New Government House and Macquarie Fort, As Seen from the Domain)
  • (see also) (Profiles of Australian Aborigines)
  • (see also) Billy Blue
  • (see also) The Family Group
  • (see also) Leda
  • (see also) Danae
  • (see also) [Portrait of Sarah Morton Wentworth]
  • (see also) (Hon. George Thornton)
  • (see also) Lady and Child
  • (see also) Death of Surveyor Kennedy
  • (see also) Passiflora
  • (see also) (Portrait of John Rae)
  • (see also) (Portrait of Major T.L. Mitchell)
  • (see also) (Portrait of Bishop William Grant Broughton)
  • (see also) (Portrait of Mary Murray)
  • (see also) (Anna Maria Macarthur)
  • (see also) (John Dunmore Lang)
  • (see also) (Hannah Tompson)
  • (see also) (William IV)

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  1. Sir Maurice O'Connell / William Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1847 ]
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  2. Portrait of Lady O'Connell / William Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1847 ]
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    Portrait of Lady O'Connell / William Nicholas
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  3. [Portrait of Mary Murray with her daughter, Leila, 1846] W. Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1846 ]
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    [Portrait of Mary Murray with her daughter, Leila, 1846] W. Nicholas
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  4. Cumboo Billy Good-Day, Patricks Plains / W. Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1842 ]
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    Cumboo Billy Good-Day, Patricks Plains / W. Nicholas
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  5. [Portrait of Mary Murray, nee Gibbes, 1843] W. Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1843 ]
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    [Portrait of Mary Murray, nee Gibbes, 1843] W. Nicholas
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  6. Toomba / W. Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1842 ]
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  7. [Portraits of W.A. Miles, Commissioner of Police] [William Nicholas]
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1847 ]
    At National Library
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  8. Kororareka in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand / drawn by Captn. Clayton and on stone by W.A. Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Art work : 1845 ]
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    Kororareka in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand / drawn by Captn. Clayton and on stone by W.A. Nicholas
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  9. Natives of New South Wales drinking bull / W. Nicholas del
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1840 ]
    At National Library
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  10. Cullabaa, Lake George [William Nicholas]
    Nicholas, William, 1807-1854
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1840 ]
    At National Library
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    ... , NICHOLAS. The Emperor of Russia is dead. As these words speed through this land it will scarce be ... demands rest and" opportunity lor 'another. But from whomsoever Nicholas received his ftarful task, lie ... 1622 words
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  2. NICHOLAS ?
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  3. Obituary WILLIAM NICHOLAS.
    Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser (NSW : 1894 - 1954) Tuesday 15 July 1924 p 2 Article
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  1. William Nicholas : Australian Art and Artists file
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  1. To William Nicholas Willis.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 16 October 1888 [Issue No.643] p 7267

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    ... To William Nicholas Willis. NOTICE.—I, the undersigned Tottenham Lee Richardson, hereby determine ... 60 words
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  2. Between William Munninge Montagu Arnold, plaintiff, and Nicholas Herlofsen, defendant.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 6 June 1893 [Issue No.378] p 4268

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    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Between William Munninge Montagu Arnold, plaintiff, and ... Nicholas Herlofsen, defendant. WHEREAS an action has been commenced in this Court at the suit of the ... 219 words
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  3. Tottenham Lee Richardson and William Nicholas Willis v. Joseph Cantrill.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 3 December 1886 [Issue No.688] p 8309

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    ... Lee Richardson and William Nicholas Willis v. Joseph Cantrill. ON Saturday, the eleventh day of ... 196 words
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  1. Interview with Marlene Nicholas / Interviewer : Madeleine Regan
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    [ Sound : 2015 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Nikolski by Nicholas Dickner (review)
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  3. Playing Romeo : Nicholas Shaw / Digital Theatre Plus
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  4. Nicholas Nickleby / United Artists presents a Hart Sharp Entertainment production in association with Cloud Nine Films ; producers, Simon Channing Williams, John N. Hart, Jeffrey Sharp ; written & directed by Douglas McGrath
    United Artists Corporation
    [ Video : 2002-2003 ]
    Languages: English;Spanish;French, [2 others]
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  1. The Honourable William Henric Nicholas QC
    Bar News: The Journal of the NSW Bar Association
    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  2. Sweat, William Robinson, Nicholas Chevalier [Book reviews]
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    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  3. Sweat, William Robinson, Nicholas Chevalier.(Book review)
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  4. St. Nicholas (New York, N.Y.)
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    [ Periodical, Microform : 1873-1943 ]
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  1. William Augustus Nicholas - Bundanoon
    William Augustus Nicholas - Bundanoon
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  2. NICHOLAS / THOMAS
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    A list of items relevant to the families of David and Debbie Nicholas (nee Thomas).

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  3. Nicholas family
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  1. Nicholas Nickleby / Charles Dickens
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
    [ Book, Audio book, Government publication : 1800-2018 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Dutch;Undetermined, [5 others]
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  2. Nicholas Hilliard / by Erna Auerbach
    Auerbach, Erna
    [ Book : 1961-1964 ]
    At 15 libraries
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  3. Travelling photographers : an album of early Bundanoon, Southern Highlands and NSW photographs : Sarah Nicholas, William Augustus Nicholas, George Henry Nicholas, Clara Louise Nicholas / Maureen and Bud Townsing
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    [ Book : 2015 ]
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    Travelling photographers : an album of early Bundanoon, Southern Highlands and NSW photographs : Sarah Nicholas, William Augustus Nicholas, George Henry Nicholas, Clara Louise Nicholas / Maureen and Bud Townsing
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  4. The Coolgardie goldfields, Western Australia / by William Nicholas
    Nicholas, William, active 1884-1895
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