Patrick Nicolle (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
19" x 11" (480mm x 280mm)Date:
1981This is the unique original Gouache painting by Patrick Nicolle.
Main image: King Canute, suspicious that Earl Ulf was plotting against him, visited the earl, who challenged the king to a game of chess. But as the game progressed, Ulf protested that the king was cheating, an accusation that Canute allowed nobody to make - and live.
Centre panel: Chess probably came to England about the time of the Norman Conquest. Centre, chess pieces from the 11th - 20th Centuries.
Right: the "automaton chess player" that beat Napoleon amongst many other players.
Lower Right: Twenty times Grand Master Bobby Fischer playing Russian champion Boris Spasky.
Lower Left: illustration from an ancient Persian manuscript on chess.
Published in Look and Learn 1000, 9th May 1981.