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EQ Nicholson

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Drawing of a still life arrangement featuring a cornflake packet, milk bottle, and cup and saucer in a semi-abstract manner.

E.Q. Nicholson, Still Life with Cornflake Packet, c. 1947, Gouache and pencil on paper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (On Loan from a Private Collection, 2013) © The Estate of E.Q. Nicholson

EQ Nicholson (1908 – 1992) drew inspiration from the immediate surroundings of her home, Alderholt Mill House in Hampshire.

Coinciding with our major exhibition Ben Nicholson: From the Studio.

Elsie Queen Nicholson (née Myers) was the daughter of the writer L.H. Myers and married the architect Kit Nicholson, brother of Ben Nicholson. After studying the Batik method of textile production in Paris, she proceeded to design acclaimed wallpapers and rugs for Marion Dorn, E. McKnight Kauffer and Cole & Son.

In her painting, she drew inspiration from her immediate surroundings, depicting everyday objects such as jugs, bowls and china as well as fruit from her garden. She would then transform them into simplified shapes, flattened against often patterned tables, cloths and scarves. Much of her style was inspired by the international modernist styles derived from Cubism, as well as Ben Nicholson’s abstract still life paintings created around the same time.