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 Hobart Nichols, Jr.  (1869 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: New York/District Of Columbia      Known for: landscape and genre painting, illustration

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A member and President of the National Academy of Design*, Hobart Nichols was born in Washington, DC, and first studied art there at the Art Students League under Howard Helmick.  Like many of his generation he went to Paris where he continued his studies at the Academie Julian*.

Upon his return to the United States, he made his home in New York City until 1910 when he moved out to Tuckahoe, and a year later to Bronxville.  He would live in the Bronxville vicinity for almost a half century. His paintings were noted for their rich color, luminous palette and persuasive realism.

He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1912, and full Academician status came eight years later in 1920.  From 1939 to 1949, he was the President of the NAD, and remained President Emeritus from 1949 until his death in 1962.

While an annual exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, he listed his home address as Bronxville, New York every year from 1911 to 1949.  Many of his paintings were local views along the Bronx River in winter with the Parkway tucked out of sight.  In 1944 he went so far as to exhibit a work simply titled, Cross County Parkway.  This specific work also has its original title of January Thaw inscribed on the back, and while the location is unsure in all likelihood it depicts the Harlem Line.

Not only was the Harlem Line the quickest way for Hobart Nichols to get to Bronxville from Grand Central Galleries, but it extended north to Dover Plains and beyond, almost tracking the Connecticut state line. The importance for that location to Hobart Nichols was that his younger brother, Spencer Baird Nichols yet another Bronxville artist, moved out of Bronxville to Cornwall, CT in the 1923.  The largest example of Hobart Nichols' work in the Bronxville Library was done in Cornwall, CT, presumably after Spencer moved there in 1923.

Among the public collections for his work are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Newark Museum, NJ; and the National Academy Design Museum, NY.

Alexander Boyle, who was featured on the television show "America's First River, Bill Moyers on the Hudson.

Boyle worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant Director of a film, American Paradise, the World of the Hudson River School and from 1988 to 2001 was Vice-President of Godel & Co. Fine Art in New York where he bought, sold and wrote about the artists of the Hudson River School, American marine painting, and American Impressionism.

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information, submitted July 2004, is from Helen Nichols Jacobs, daughter of Spencer and niece of Hobart Nichols:

"His brother Spencer Baird Nichols moved from Bronxville to Kent, CT. Spencer never lived in Cornwall, CT. Hobart visited his brother in Kent many times and many of his paintings are of Kent and the vicinity. I was born in Kent and my father lived there until his death in 1950."

Biography from Fog Hill & Co., Inc:
Hobart Nichols was born in Washington DC.  His father, Henry Hobart Nichols, was a prominent wood engraver during the Civil War who died when Hobart was only 16 years old.

Hobart Nichols studied at the Academie Julian in Paris.  He was the President of the National Academy of Design and the Salamagundi Club of New York City. He was the recipient of the Academy's Altman Prize on three occasions for his landscape paintings.

Hobart Nichols lived in Lawrence Park, an artist community at the turn of the century in Bronxville New York.  Hobart's younger brother, Spencer Baird Nichols also was an accomplished artist.

Hobart Nichols' works are in many prominent museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Montclair Museum, National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. and private collections throughout the United States.

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