Artist's Sketchbook of the Upper Mississippi River and Niagara Falls

Mississippi River]; [Niagara]; [Nichols, Harley DeWitt]

Publication Date: 1882
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Title: Artist's Sketchbook of the Upper Mississippi...

Publication Date: 1882

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

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Mottled black cloth, backed in ornately gilt-ruled black calf; oblong, 184 x 132 mm; contains 25 pencil drawings, most of them titled and dated. It includes Fort Snelling; Minnehaha Falls; Oak Drive in White Bear Lake; a boat on White Bear Lake; St. Anthony's Falls in Minneapolis; Lake Minnetonka; Wabasha St. Bridge; an Old Brewery in St. Paul; Shanty-ville; Shelter Island [New York]; Goat Island; plus 3 portraits, a bonfire scene, and other views of the upper Mississippi River, Niagara Falls, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Boards detached and spine perished; a few leaves loose, and laid-in. Skilled work, most of it on one side of the leaf (therefore, removable, and suitable for display). Harley DeWitt Nichols (1859-1939) was born in Barton, Wisconsin. He began his education in art as early as 11 years of age. His first job putting his talent and training to use came in the form of an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee firm Marr & Richards, where he stayed for 3 years, drawing and engraving on wood. The subsequent years included many moves, from Milwaukee to Chicago, and later to New York, where he studied at ASL and was encouraged by Professor Packard to pursue a career as an illustrator at a European school. Nichols left for Munich in October 1885 to attend the Royal Academy, where he studied under Heckel, became a member of the American Club, and socialized with Carl von Marr, the club’s president. He went to London for a little while, and worked as an illustrator. By 1893 he’d returned to New York, working mostly in advertising, and illustrating for Harper’s Weekly and Century magazines. He helped organize the New York Water Color Club. Nichols didn’t curb his parapatetic lifestyle until he moved to Laguna Beach, California, in 1894. The art community in Los Angeles was in its infancy, but he got a teaching job at the Echo Mountain summer school, and he was inspired by the scenery of Yosemite, Monterey, San Juan Capistrano, and other locations in southern California. He stayed in Laguna Beach until his death in 1939. Bookseller Inventory # JC11166

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