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The Long Stairs, Snaefell Mines

Date made: 1950s

Artist: Nicholson, John Hobson

Description: The Long Stairs,Snaefell Mines, painted by John Hobson Nicholson.

The painting is entitled 'The Long Stairs' after a radio drama of the same name by the Manx author and playwright, Nigel Kneale, about the Snaefell Mines disaster in 1897. A handwritten label on the reverse of the painting says “The Long Stairs” broadcast by the BBC June 1950, scene of the Snaefell mine disaster. The play was broadcast on the Home Service in March 1950 and the painting had a price tag of £18. 18. 0. The Long Stairs was Nigel Kneale’s first professional script credit.

John Nicholson was the grandson of the noted Manx artist John Miller Nicholson and inherited his grandfather's artistic abilities. He became an accomplished painter in watercolours, oils and pastels. He could paint a sea or landscape, frame it and display it for sale all in the same day! He signed himself 'John H. Nicholson' to avoid confusion. The 'H' stood for Hobson, his mother's maiden name - thus his family nickname of 'Hobs'

Measurements: h 37cm w 49.5cm (sight)

Materials: watercolour on paper

Object name: Painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-6631/1

Subject tags : #artgalleryplace


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