Title: Artist's Sketchbook
Publication Date: 1875
Book Condition: Very Good+
Marbled cardstock wraps, cloth backstrip; oblong, 210 x 175 mm; contains 20 beautiful pencil sketches. Includes portraits of men and women; a horse; a table with a book on it; The Reservoir, Looking South, From Centre Street (Wisconsin landscape); Schoolhouse Bluff, from the Depot, Mazomanie (Wisconsin landscape); Black Hawks Cliff, Wisconsin River; The Wisconsin River, Looking Up from Kilbourn City; In Cold Water Canyon, Dells; Mouth of Cold-Water Canon; Diamond Grotto, Dells; In Witches Glen, Dells; Devil's Doorway, Devil's Lake, Wisconsin; Natural Walls, Devil's Lake; Devil's Lake, from the East Shore; and 2 drawings of men in a sailboat. Front cover bent; small chip at bottom corner of front cover and first few leaves (tho images are unscathed). All drawings appear on the recto only (as such, removable, and suitable for display). These drawings are from relatively early in the artist's career, perhaps while we was still a student. They are as strong as his later, professional work, and they are more careful and polished than his later work -- he was clearly honing his skill. Remarkable. 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 # JC11171
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