Original William Walcot etching with drypoint and aquatint.
Superb impression, printed with carefully wiped plate tone. From the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.
William Walcot’s highly imaginative re-creations of the great buildings and palaces of ancient Rome are amongst the most famous of his prints. In these images it was not William Walcot’s intention to produce an archaeologically accurate description of the buildings depicted, nor did William Walcot wish to depict them as picturesque ruins in the manner of the early Italian masters; rather his aim was to bring back to life a great epoch in history. With his mind’s eye he has designed the magnificent palaces of the Caesars and infused them with life and activity, as he believed they would have been at the height of their splendour, long before they crumbled and fell into decay.
On cream wove paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition.