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NICOLL, James Craig, artist, born in New York city, 22 November, 1846. He studied under Maurice F. H. de Haas, and has made many sketches in his trips along the Atlantic coast. He exhibited first in 1868 at the National academy of design, was elected an associate in 1880, and academician in 1885. He gained a gold medal at the New Orleans exposition in 1885. Mr. Nicoll has given much attention to etching of late years, and was secretary of the Etching club for about five years. He was elected president of the Artists' fund society in 1887, and was one of the founders of the American water-color society, and its secretary for several years. Among his water-colors, by which he is perhaps best known, are "On the Gulf of St. Lawrence," "Foggy Morning, Grand Menan" (1876) ; "Moonlight, Cape Ann" (1877) ; "Coast View in Spring" ; "Off Portland Harbor,"" Outlet of Lake Oscawana" (1878): "Moonlight at Nahant" (1881) ; " A Creek" (1884) ; and "Stormy Day at Block Island" (1886). His principal paintings in oil are "Bass Rocks near Glourester, Massachusetts" (1879); "On Marblehead Neck," " Shower at Block Island" (1880) ; "On the Rocks near Portland" (1881) ; "Harbor View" (1882); "Marblehead Rock" (1883) ; "Sunlight on the Sea" (1884) ; "Summer Morning" (1885); "Fog and Sunshine," and "An August Evening" (1886).
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