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Charles Nicholson

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Charles Nicholson, by T. Bart, 1834 - NPG 5200 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles Nicholson

by T. Bart
oil on canvas, 1834
30 in. x 26 in. (762 mm x 660 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5200

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  • T. Bart (active 1816-1834). Artist of 1 portrait.

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Charles Nicholson, one of the most famous flautists of his time, is seen in this portrait holding 'Nicholson's Improved Flute'. Seeking to make the instrument more powerful and expressive, the musician designed this instrument with enlarged tone-holes. It was also designed for swift assembly. Nicholson was a Professor of the Flute at the Royal Academy of Music (1822) and preserved at the Academy is one of his flutes engraved with the words: 'This was Nicholson's flute / From his playing hence mute / And the Embouchure through / Which Charlie last blew'. The design of Nicholson's flute inspired Boehm whose flutes eventually superseded Nicholson's in popularity.

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