Title: Artist's Sketchbooks from the Brooklyn ...
Publisher: 1884-1885, New York
Publication Date: 1884
Book Condition: Very Good+
Three volumes. (1) Mottled blue cloth, black calf backstrip; oblong, 250 x 173 mm; contains 22 nicely accomplished pencil drawings of men, women, a boy. Most appear on the recto only (as such, removable, suitable for display), most are dated and specify the Brooklyn Sketch Club, some include the name of the subject. A nice look at the costume of the period, as well as some charming New York characters. Binding shaken. (2) Green cloth over boards, "Cook's Tourist Ticket" stamped in gilt on upper board; oblong 145 x 104 mm; contains a few leaves of hasty sketches of a cat, a man standing, and faces. Boards a bit rubbed, else fine. (3) Dark grey cloth, black calf backstrip; oblong, 124 x 95 mm; contains 22 pencil sketches. Rich in variety, including studies of trees, rocks, and flowers; portraits of men, women, and children; landscapes and scenes. A sketch of Cleopatra's Needle suggests Central Park in New York City. Spine perished and boards loose. 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 # JC11170
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