For a brief period between her separation from Ben NICHOLSON (in 1931-2) and moving to Paris, Winifred took rented accommodation in Cornwall, which she knew well from previous visits, and also the Isle of Wight, working on paintings in each place. At the time she had three small children and had not yet decided on the future direction of her artistic life. It was not until 1987 that Winifred Nicholson, six years after her death, received significant recognition with her major Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London. In the 1920s she was best known for her lovely flower paintings, which were well-reviewed and sold widely.  Her solo exhibitions were primarily in London, Edinburgh, Leicester and Cambridge, whilst she also participated in group exhibitions in London and abroad. In the 1950s and in 1970 she returned for painting trips to Cornwall, but favoured landscapes in Scotland, the Scottish islands, and Cumbria, her home. Her daughter, Kate NICHOLSON, however - also an artist - continued to make St Ives her main home.


Painter in oils and watercolour of flowers, landscapes, abstracts, colourist


Beaux Arts (56); L; Lefevre (35); LEI (89); NEAC; Redfern; RSA & others

2017: 'Liberation of Colour', Falmouth Art Gallery (24 June-16 Sept)

2019: The World as Yet Unseen, Falmouth Art Gallery (6 Apr-15 June)


Personal bibliography: C Andreae (2009) Winifred Nicholson

Grimes, Collins & Baddeley (1989) Five Women Painters ('Winifred Nicholson' by Collins, Ch 5)

P Fuller (1988) in B Ford, ed The Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain, Vol 9, Chp 3: 'The Visual Arts'

Johnson & Greutzner

Whybrow (1994) St Ives;