Artist on location


Using an AMC twin as transport – and a place on which to lean!

Photograph: MORTONS ARCHIVE

From the early days of motorcycling, right through to the 1970s, the artist was an important part of the press process, but rarely do we get to see the men behind the work, which makes this an interesting picture.

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Depicted is Manx artist John H Nicholson, using his AJS twin as an ‘on location’ easel when illustrating the TT course.

John Hobson Nicholson was an established, well respected Manx artist, born in the Isle of Man in 1911 and educated on the Island.

His father ranan interior decorating business, for which young John went to work, while his grandfather was John Miller Nicholson, another well-known IoM artist.

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His work was universally familiar to people on and off the Island owing to the fact he designed Manx stamps, coins and banknotes for the Isle of Man Government from 1958.

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