Foreword by Alan Bowness; Judd's Farm; his life grew out of his paintings - a profile; outline chronology 1872-1949; the Nicholsons of Newark; an enterprising family - the Trent ironworks; Magnus Grammar School, Newark; Herkomer Art School; L'Academie Julian, Paris; marriage to 'Prydie'; J. and W. Beggarstaff; William turns to the woodcut; Chaucer's House, Woodstock, Oxfordshire; Mecklenburgh Square, London; Rottingdean, the Windmill, and the Sussex Downs; letters begin from William to Ben abroad; Prydie's painting flourished as the children grew older; painting a glass mural in a Paris flat; to India with Lutyens to paint the Viceroy; a family house near Harlech; painting Ursula Lutyens began at Folly Farm; Apple Tree Yard, St James's London; "The Lady in Grey" - Edie and William; Sutton Veny and the Wiltshire Downs; to paint in Spain, with Marguerite Steen; painting at La Rochelle, France; "not too good a time for a chap to paint in"; retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery; Blewbury -return to the Downs; Ben Nicholson wrote about William's painting in two letters in 1953; public galleries with pictures by William Nicholson; select bibliography; select articles, reviews and catalogues; acknowledgements; credits; general index; index of works by title.
Andrew Nicholson, the main editor of the book, is son of Ben Nicholson, and grandson of William. He has therefore had access to paintings and other works of art by William, and to Nicholson family papers, that are not available to the general public. He was also responsible for the publication of Unknown Colour, which featured the work of his mother, Winifred Nicholson, Ben's first wife, in a similar fashion: it was extremely well reviewed.
'It is a beautiful book ... a valuable addition to the recorded history of 20th-century British art' Spectator