Exhibit of the Week: Courtship on the Beach by Charles Wynne Nicholls, Scarborough Collections
This week’s exhibit is a Victorian oil painting, Courtship on the Beach (1867), by Charles Wynne Nicholls (1831-1903). Nicholls was an Irish painter who focused on genre and historical subjects. He was originally from a middle class family in Dublin; his father was an apothecary at 48 Dawson Street in the city. Nicholls studied at the Royal Dublin Society’s Schools and the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 1859, he began to exhibit as a Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and also often exhibited work at the Royal Academy in London. He made the move to London in 1864 and lived at 44 Halsey Street. However, Nicholls never lost his Irish connection and continued to exhibit in Dublin for the rest of his life.