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St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Date made: 1871

Artist: Nicholson, John Miller

Description: View of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church with adjacent houses along Bucks Road. Wall in foreground with poster for High Mass at Church, two nuns in habits walking to church, two figures (one with placard and basket of bottles). Signed 'J.M. Nicholson March 1871'.

John Miller Nicholson is known as the Island’s greatest painter. He spent most of his life obsessively recording the world and people around him with detailed sketches. Following a trip to Venice in 1882, on the advice of John Ruskin, Nicholson’s work became more impressionistic, a style he would develop through the rest of his career. His self-effacing and non-commercial attitude meant that his work is little known outside the Island today.

Following his death, the entire of Nicholson’s studio collection of artworks were purchased and donated to the Manx Museum. When the Museum opened in 1922 its art collections comprised mostly of Nicholson pieces. We have over 1,000 artworks by Nicholson, including pencil sketches, photographs, watercolours and oil canvases. We also have his camera equipment and artist's easel.

Measurements: unframed artwork: 36 cm x 44.5 cm

Materials: pencil on paper

Object name: drawing

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1993-0243/1

Subject tags : #artgalleryplace


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