Sir Williaam Newzam Prior Nicholson (5th February 1872 - 16th May 1949) was a British painter of still life, landscapes and portraits.He also worked as a wood engraver, an illustrator, an author of children's books and as a designer for the theatre. He is the father of the artist Ben Nicholson. Below is a handwriting comparison of a letter from Nicholson to his son. Clearly the word 'Christmas' and 'Christian' are writing in the same hand.
Nicholson's portrait is of the American-born British playwright and novelist Edward Knoblock (1874-1945). An archive of Knoblock's papers (1904 - 1936) show that he and Nicholson were friends with many correspondences recorded between them. This pen and ink sketch is titled 'The Rev. Christian Anderson - Telephone 705-23.' It is drawn on the back of a bill from the 'Hotel De France -Bretagne.'
A similar yet less intimate portrait by Nicholson of Knoblock is held in the National Portrait Gallery's primary collection.
This drawing was sold at the Modern & Port-War British Art sale at Chiswick Auctions on 12th December 2018 - LOT 50 achieving over three times its estimate. Please view the full auction catalogue here https://bit.ly/2UbSpja
This drawing was donated to FARA Teddington.