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William Walcot

1874 – 1943

Marsham Street, Westminster by William Walcot

Marsham Street, Westminster   1936

  Original etching with drypoint and aquatint.
Signed in pencil.
S 237 x 309 mm; P & I 175 x 252 mm
Original William Walcot etching with drypoint and aquatint.

Superb signed proof impression with carefully wiped plate tone. From the only edition.

This etched view in the West End of London was commissioned by Sir Valentine Crittall, one of William Walcot's principal patrons in his latter years. In this plate William Walcot has made masterly use of a combination of printmaking processes, using aquatint and areas of loose acid brushed onto the plate to give the effects of window panes, darkened areas of shadow, and even to introduce the impression of an advertisement on the hoarding at the left of the street. It is this combination of delicate accuracy of line with artistic use of atmospheric effects, which sets William Walcot’s work apart from all other prints of the period.

On cream wove paper with margins. Faintest suggestion of time tone, otherwise very fine condition.