Book the Horace W. Nicholls Lecture



Though relatively unknown to a wider public, amongst his peers Horace Nicholls is ranked with the most important of early English photographers. Using over 200 slides from his remarkable life's work, David Mallinson reveals the untold story.


Divers entertain passengers on the 'RMS Norman' in Capetown - 1896.  (Photo: HW Nicholls)


From his first assignments in Chile in the 1880s we follow him through the turn of the century in South Africa and his coverage of the Boer War. By contrast, as the nation basked in the golden summers of Edwardian England, we see his highly individual view of the great society and sporting occasions, Ascot, the Derby and Henley. We end with the work for which he is perhaps best known, his reporting of WW1 on the home front, including images from his outstanding series of ‘Women's War Work’. 

The pictures are drawn from collections at the V&A, the Imperial War Museum, and the Horace Nicholls estate.

David Mallinson is Horace Nicholls’ grandson. He is an actor, perhaps best known from the BBC TV series ‘This Life’ of the late 1990s.



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