NICOLL, James Craig

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NICOLL, James Craig (1846-1918), born in New York City, he was an Eastern painter who was in San Diego in 1896-97. While there, he painted several views of Catalina Island. He was active in New York, California, and Connecticut, and is known for seascape and landscape painting, etching, watercolor.


James Craig Nicoll = Cora Anna Belden Noble (1845-1880)

  • 1. Emily R. Nicoll (1874-1963)
  • 2. John Howard "Jack" Nicoll (1876-1963)
  • 3. Fancher Nicoll (1878-1918) Captain in the 107th Infantry, US Army, killed in action in France about Sept. 29, 1918
  • 4. Craig Nicoll (1880-1971)

The Nicoll family lived at 1226 West 23rd Street, New York City, where Cora died at age 35. James Craig Nicoll and his wife, Cora Belden Noble, are buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.



In the News~

May 11, 1897 [LAH]: “Avalon. May 10.—J. C. Nicoll, a prominent artist of New York, is at the Metropole. ”


May 15, 1897 [LAH]: “Avalon. May 14.—J. H. [C.] Nicoll, a brilliant artist of New York, who was especially prominent in connection with the hanging of the pictures at the World's Fair in Chicago, has been staying with his son, J. C. Nicoll, at the Metropole for the last few days. During his stay he made some charming sketches of the scenery in the island. Yesterday he joined a fishing and hunting party on board the Fleetwing, among whom were Dr. W. C. Warren and wife og Atlanta, Ga., the physician in charge of the O. R. C. special excursion, and J. C. Miles of St. Louis, Mo. The hunters were landed in the neighborhood of Big Springs under guidance of W. S. Davis and two of the finest pairs of goat horns on Catalina were in as trophies to the rifle of the younger Mr. Nicholl. They also secured seventy-nine rock cod and two yellowtail, one bonita and a shark, all caught within an hour and a half. ”


June 10, 1897 [LAH]: “J. C. Nicoll and his daughter, Miss E. R. Nicoll, of New York are also staying at the Metropole. Mr. Nicoll is a well known artist, and has returned to Avalon to complete some sketches of the island scenery he commenced while here about a month ago.”


June 29, 1897 [LAH]: “J. C. Nicoll of New York, a member of the National Academy, leaves this morning for Los Angeles, en route to San Francisco. During his visit here he has immortalized the scenery of Catalina, having made several charming sketches of the valleys and rocks in the neighborhood of Avalon. He is especially prominent as a marine artist and the sea effects he has obtained will be a lasting tribute to the beauties of the ocean surrounding the island. His daughter, Miss E. R. Nicoll, accompanies him on his travels, which have been quite extensive, including a two months' stay in Mexico. Mr. Nicoll spent several months in Southern California a year ago, and proves his appreciation of its climate and scenery by spending even a longer period here this season.”


July 27, 1918: [NYT]: “James Craig Nicoll, noted painter, dies. Founder and president of American Water Color Society was famous for his marines. Norwalk, Conn., July 26,—James Craig Nicoll, a noted artist, President of the American Water Color Society, of which he was the founder, and once Secretary of the National Academy of Design, died here Thursday in his seventy-first year. He was held in high esteem for his landscape drawings and marine paintings, was equally successful with oils and water colors, and executed many high-class etchings. He was born in New York City Nov. 22, 1847, a son of John Williams Nicoll and Elizabeth Craig Nicoll. He was educated at the Quackenbos School, and during the greater part of his career lived in New York City, though he made many long journeys in the interest of his work, touring the Atlantic Coast from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Florida. Much of his work was done while on these trips. Though he did not consider himself a pupil of these masters, Mr. Nicoll studies for two years at the studio of M.F. H. De Haas, and did field work with De Hass, Kruseman, Van Elten, and others. He attended no organized school of painting either in this country or abroad. His work had been exhibited all over the United States and in Paris, where he took medals. He received medals also at exhibitions in New Orleans, Boston, New York, and in other exhibitions. The most noteworthy of his works in oils are probably "Sunlight on the Sea," "Smuggler's Landing Place," "Sunset, Bay of Fundy," and "The Cliffs at Nahant." His water colors, "On the St. Lawrence" and "Shower on the Coast," were exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1878. In 1876, "Foggy Morning, Grand Menan," was shown at the Philadelphia Exposition. Other water colors are "Moonlight, Cape Ann," "Evening After a Gale," and "Schroon Lake." Mr. Nicoll became a member of the National Academy in 1895. He was for ten years Secretary of the American Water Color Society, and in 1874 became a member of the Artists' Fund Society, an organization of which he was once the President He was a life member of the National Academy of Design, and was an officer or member of nearly all the leading art organizations in New York City, including the New York Etching Club. His studio in New York City was at 51 West Tenth Street.”