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William Walcot R.E., Hon.R.I.B.A.  
(Odessa 1874 – 1943 Ditchling, Sussex)

The Frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla

The Frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla | William Walcot | Etching | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 58

The Frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla
EH-L 58. 594 x 465 mm. Etching with drypoint and aquatint, 1919.
Signed in pencil. Edition of 51. Printed in brown-black ink on stout wove paper. Time-stained on the reverse of the sheet, not affecting the recto.


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Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1919.

Salaman remarks that it is not Shelley’s “mountainous ruins” which inspired Walcot but the ‘vision’ of the elegance of the buildings in which the cultured Roman enjoyed the physical luxury of the great Thermae.
The great Roman bath houses are the quintessential embodiment of Roman civilisation, where gossip was exchanged and poets, athletes, philosphers, men-about-town met on the common ground of citizenship.

The Frigidarium of the huge Baths of Caracalla dates from AD 211-216. Walcot shows the west angle of the frigidarium (cold bath) with its ‘Olympic size’ swimming pool.