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Fred Richards

1887 - 1932

George Court, Adelphi, No.II by Fred Richards

George Court, Adelphi, No.II   c.1925

  Original etching.
Signed and titled in pencil.
S 265 x 198 mm; P & I 222 x 176 mm
Very fine signed proof impression printed with delicate plate tone.

Fred Richards was an outstanding architectural and topographical etcher. Richards trained under Frank Short at the Royal College of Art, becoming elected associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1913 and a full member in 1921.

The Adelphi district of London is a small area just off The Strand, named after the Adelphi Buildings, designed by the Adam brothers, which house the Royal Society of Arts. Fred Richards made a number of fine topographical etchings of the area, including two of George Court – a narrow passsageway which runs between The Strand and John Adam Street, named after George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, a 17th century courtier who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site. The sign at the end of the passageway is for W. Gregory & Co. Ltd. of 51 Strand, a firm of opticians who became famed for their opera glasses and telescopes.

A pencil study for this etching is in the collection of Newport Museum & Art Gallery.

On fine cream wove paper, with margins. Very fine original condition.