A Dandy at The Grange” closed this week after a much praised exhibition of paintings and prints by it’s former resident Sir William Nicholson.
Nicholson had a long association with Rottingdean. After renting the former home of Edward Burne-Jones to produce a commissioned portrait of Rudyard Kipling, Nicholson fell in love with this village and promptly bought the old vicerage and re-named it The Grange. Making it his summer residence with his artist wife Prydie and four young children (who included his son Ben Nicholson whose career as a modernist painter somewhat over-shadowed that of his father in the 1930/40’s).
William, a society portrait painter soon made his name as an innovative woodcut graphic artist.
This exhibition showed just some samples of his local paintings and prints that made him famous. Also including a 20 minute film show of some of his lifetimes work and also three highly informative visual Sunday talks by enthusiast Robert Cross with over 70 people attending.
With thanks to Peter Merry for loaning many wonderful original early woodcuts and reliving his former exhibition in 1995.
You may be pleased to know that there is now a permanent display of William Nicholson’s work, including two splendid photographed portraits of him, in the lobby area outside the gallery itself.