Elephants drinking in a river in Sri Lanka, with men in turbans seated upon their backs. Watercolour by A. Nicholl, 18--.
- Nicholl, Andrew, 1804-1866.
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A. Nicholl R.H.A.
1 painting : watercolour ; sheet 46.3 x 73.3 cm
Wellcome Library no. 565580i
Andrew Nicholl, born in Belfast,went from London to Ceylon in 1846. "Nicholl seems to have returned to London by 1849, as he exhibited views of Ceylon in the Royal Academy that year. For many years he wrote light pastoral verse, some of which was published in the Dublin University Magazine. From the 1850s the chronology of Nicholl's life is hard to establish, as he rarely dated his work; however, he clearly continued to shuttle between London and Belfast. In 1870 he submitted twelve watercolours of Ceylon scenes to Queen Victoria, who bought two of them" (Oxford dictionary of national biography)