This is an antique 19th century steel engraving after the original painting by listed artist Erskin Nichol titled "Renewal of the Lease Refused". The print illustrates a desperate looking man being ignored by a stern landlord and a clerk making himself busy by rifling through papers.
This engraving was printed and published by D. Appleton and Company, New York in 1883. The paper dimensions are 10"h x 14.5"w.
Erskine Nicol was a student of William Allan, Nicol taught in Dublin, Ireland, from 1845-50, at the height of the Irish famine, and considered himself as much Irish as he was Scottish. Much of his work portrays the injustices inflicted upon the Irish population during the 19th century. He was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1855 and an Academician in 1859. Nicol exhibited at the Royal Academy and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1866. He also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the British Institution. In 1905 the Royal Scottish Academy held a commemorative exhibition.
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