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Erskine Nicol
A Nip Against the Cold

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Erskine Nicol A Nip Against the Cold
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Erskine Nicol A Nip Against the Cold


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Erskine Nicol

British Genre Painter , (1825-1904) was an Irish/Scottish painter. A student of William Allan, Nicol taught in Dublin, Ireland, from 1845-50, at the height of the Irish famine, and considered himself as much Irish as he was Scottish. Much of his work portrays the injustices inflicted upon the Irish population during the 19th century. He was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1855 and an Academician in 1859. Nicol exhibited at the Royal Academy and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1866  Related Paintings of Erskine Nicol :. | Fur Traders Descending the Missouri (mk09) | Shepherdess | Fire at Sea | the legend of the true cross, detail | korsbarandet. |
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