Salt Hay
watercolor on paper, approx. 5" x 5 1/2", signed lower right

Considered to be one of the most important American women specializing in watercolors, Nicholls was born in Coventry, England, She studied at London's Bloomsbury School of Art and at the Kensington Museum. She then went to Rome where she became a member of the Circello Artistico, and the Roman Watercolor Society, only the second woman so honored. In 1884 Nicholls came to America with her husband fellow artist Burr Nicholls and they settled in Rockport, Massachusetts. Rhoda Nichools was an influential teacher, heading William Merritt Chase's watercolor classes at Shinnecock, and teaching at the Art Students League, in Kennebunkport, and in Gloucester. She was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Association of Women Artists, the New York Watercolor Society, and the Society of Independent Artists. She also exhibited at the Corcoran, the Boston Art Club, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, and the Pennsylvania Academy.
Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854 - 1930)

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