The early 1880s saw an explosion of residential building in Newport spurred on by the so-called “New York invasion” of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and other wealthy American families. The Scottish master carpenter James Nicholson (1848-1893) was one of the many European artisans who immigrated to Newport at that time to make a living off this unprecedented building boom. Arriving in July of 1881 at the age of thirty three, he lived just twelve years in Newport before dying prematurely of presumed pneumonia. He left behind a unique legacy of photographs and paintings intimately related to his trade and to his affection for the Newport landscape.
"James Nicholson as Master Carpenter, Photographer, and Painter,"
Newport History: Vol. 80
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol80/iss265/2