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Oil on board. Signed lower right.
Nicholls was primarily a landscape painter. Born at Didsbury, near Manchester, he studied at the Slade and exhibited at The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts from 1914 (where he was President from 1921–31), and at the R.A. from 1912. He was President of the R.B.A. for sixteen years from 1931. He often painted bridges – a favourite subject – but this is unusual in having a sunlit figure in the foreground, which is what gives the picture its focal point and main interest. This is almost certainly the Devil’s Bridge at Kirby Lonsdale.