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Francis Nicholson OWS (1753-1844)


Francis Nicholson, OWS (1753-1844)

Francis Nicholson made his name as a landscape watercolourist in a Romantic vein. By combining a traditional approach to composition with an interest in technical experiments, he became a popular teacher.

Francis Nicholson was born in Pickering, Yorkshire on 14 November 1753, the son of a weaver. His father discouraged his interest in art, but did allow him to go to Scarborough to study with a copyist of old masters. Back in Pickering, he found work as a draughtsman of animals for members of the local gentry. After two years, he went to London, where he received lessons from Conrad Martin Metz; however, he had to return home due to a lack of money.

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