The life of Francis Nicholson, the Pickering-born watercolour painter and lithographer pioneer, is now being celebrated with a new colour display at Beck Isle Museum, Pickering.
Designed by Dick Raines, of York, and sponsored by Pickering & District Civic Society, it offers an insight into the life of the linen weaver’s son who was inspired to become an artist after seeing a painting in the house of one of his father’s clients.
Nicholson (1753-1844), whose watercolour landscapes depict abbeys, houses, castles and land and seascapes around Yorkshire, has largely been forgotten both locally and nationally.
On moving to London, he became a major contributor to exhibitions there and founded with others what was later to become the Royal Watercolour Society.
Some years later with his daughters he began to experiment with the new technique of lithography and was able to have multiple copies of his work made.
More information can be found on www.francis nicholsonowcs.co.uk and in a booklet “Francis Nicholson of Pickering – Father of English Water Colour” by Colin Coulson.
Pictured: Colin Coulson with the new display board.