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William Walcot R.E.
British 1874 - 1943
Ludgate Hill, 1921
Etching, aquatint and drypoint, signed in pencil, reframed in a silvered frame but retaining the original label verso, Published by H. C. Dickins from a total edition of 400 copies - 275 for the U.K. and 125 for the U.S.
William Walcot was born at Lustdorf, near Odessa in a mixed Scottish-Russian family. He grew up in Western Europe and South Africa, returning to Russia at the age of 17, and studied arts and architecture under Leon Benois at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. Later, he attended art schools in Paris. In 1906, Walcot relocated to London. He worked as an architectural draughtsman famous for his artistic presentation of other architects' designs and exhibiting his own work at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions. He was the most prominent architectural draughtsman of the 1920's and 30's. He also engaged in printmaking with a most unique style. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1913, an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1916 and a Fellow of the RIBA in 1922. His successful practice was ruined with the outbreak of WWII; in 1943 he committed suicide at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex