Burr H. Nicholls
Burr Halliday Nicholls was a Lockport native who studied with Lars G. Sellstedt in Buffalo, then went to Paris(with Frank C. Penfold) and studied at the atelier of Carolus-Duran. Both Nicholls and Penfold were active in an artists’ colony at Pont-Aven in the Brittanyregion of France. He was especially well known for his paintings of the Breton landscape and peasants, and buildings in Venice, Italy. He met Rhoda Holmes, an English watercolor painter, in Venice; after they were married, they settled in New York City. Historical records also trace Nicholls’ later presence in Buffalo, where in 1900 he was associated with Bohemian Sketch Club. In 1901 he had an exhibition with the Buffalo Society of Artists. Two works by Nicholls were listed in the Catalogue of the Exhibition of Fine Arts, published for the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901: A Quiet Corner, Venice and A Street Scene In France. In different times, Nicholls’ home and studio in Buffalo were located at 534 Main Street, Ketchum Place and 50 Niagara Street (1906).