1883 - 1974

Bertram Nicholls

Born at Didsbury, near Manchester on 26 September 1883, youngest child of William Andrews Nicholls, a fruit merchant, and his wife Mary née Allen, who married at Kinver St Peter, Staffordshire on 9 April 1866. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and in 1901, a 17 year old living at 10 Wardle Road, Sale, Cheshire with his parents, 58 year old William and 56 year old Mary, with two siblings Ernest 25 and Maud 20, both born at Didsbury. He trained with Reginald Barber (1851-1928), a local portrait painter and at the Slade School 19011904 and in 1904 he studied Velasquez in Madrid. On his return to England he worked with Frederick Jackson (1859-1918), one of the Staithes Group of artists, with whom he learnt landscape painting en plein air. In 1911 he met the New York artist Frank Mura (born 1861) and later settled in Sussex, very near Mura, whose work was a formative influence on his own art, two further important influences were Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) and Richard Wilson (1714-1782). Landscape painter and a teacher who exhibited at the New English Art Club in 1905 and with Rowley Smart at 48 Grosvenor Chambers, Deansgate, Manchester in 1908. He also exhibited the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts from 1914, where he was President 19211931, at the Royal Academy from 1912, the Royal Society of British Artists 19311947 and the Fine Art Society. He had his first one-man show at Barbizon House in 1924 and the year before exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club an oil 'Blythburgh' and where he exhibited in 1932 from 9 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square, London an oil 'Villanova'. In 1911, a 27 year old painter artist boarding at Roslin Hall, Belgrave Road, Torquay and he married at Steyning, Sussex in 1912, Mary Laura Eva Phillips (23 December 1883-1968) and in 1939 an artist living at Hardham House, Goring Road, Chanctonbury, Sussex with his wife and their son Oliver (1916-1980). He died at Worthing, Sussex in 1974.

Works by This Artist