David & Donna Kmetz, American Paintings
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Spencer Baird Nichols (1875 - 1950)
Buildings along a Stream
Gouache, approx. 6" x 9", signed lower right
The son of artist Henry Hobart Nichols, Spencer Baird Nichols grew up in Washington, D.C. where he attended the Corcoran School of Art and the Washington Art Students' League. At the Corcoran he studied under Howard Helmick, a student of James McNeill Whistler. At the age of 17, he was appointed an Instructor of Illustration at the Art Students' League. In 1911 he became chief designer at Tiffany Studios in New York, designing mosaics, windows, and murals. He also did book illustrations. Around 1917 he turned to easel painting and began making trips to Kent, Connecticut, where he eventually settled.
Among his many prizes were the 3rd Corcoran Prize, Society of Washington Artists and at the National Academy of Design* two Ranger Fund Purchase Awards and the coveted Altman prize.
Much of Mr. Nichol's work was destroyed in a disastrous fire in his house and studio in 1932.
He was a member of the Washington Water Color Club, Society of Washington
Artists, The Salmagundi Club*, the National Arts Club*, and was elected as an Associate of the National Academy of Design*, and in 1933 to the status of full academician
Submitted by Helen Nichols Jacobs, his daughter