Athol Nicholas

Accession Number ART96810
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 55.8 x 38 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description charcoal over pencil on paper
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916
Maker Nicholas, Hilda Rix
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c.1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Athol Miller Nicholas (1897-1964) was the youngest of the four Nicholas brothers to serve. He enlisted at 18 and travelled to France as part of the 16th Reinforcements and was attached to the 22nd Battalion. A medical student prior to his enlistment he had been awarded a Government exhibition place which he turned down to join his brothers in military service. He saw limited action and was sent back to Australia in February 1917 to complete his medical studies. This portrait by Rix Nicholas, unlike those she did of the other brothers, depicts Athol in informal dress rather than full uniform.

Purchased with assistance from the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account, 2015.