[London, 1899 by William Heinemann].
Lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut. Printed area: 245 x 230mm. (9½ x 9"). Some foxing. Laid on board as issued.
Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902) was an imperialist and benefactor who shaped the economic and political development of South Africa and extended British influence into what is now Zimbabwe. From the folio of twelve portraits by William Nicholson published in 1899, although the print was first included in the 'New Review' in 1897, shortly after he appeared before a Parliamentary Inquiry for his role in the overthrow of the Boer government in the Transvaal, which was subsequently vindicated by Parliament. The 'decision to include Rhodes' portrait in the 'New Review' (a journal with strong imperialist sympathies) was probably made at the time of Rhodes' exoneration' (Campbell).
Colin Campbell, 'William Nicholson: The Graphic Works': 36B
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