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The Old Market Place, Douglas

Date made: 1889

Artist: Nicholson, John Miller

Description: A typical summer evening of enticing entertainments for the Victorian holiday-maker in Douglas, with the glamorous colour and lights of the Grand Theatre illuminating the busy crowd in the foreground. John Miller Nicholson is known as the Island’s greatest painter. He spent most of his life living and working in Douglas 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: artwork: 45 cm x 80 cm

Materials: oil on canvas

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-2501/046

Subject tags : #MM100ARTOFPEOPLE


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