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

Lower Broadway, New York

Lower Broadway | William Walcot | Etching | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 118

Lower Broadway, New York
E H-L 118. 151 x 117 mm. Etching, 1924.
Signed in pencil. Published by H C Dickins. One of the five subjects that make up the New York 'set'. Total edition of 375 issued 1923-24 (this plate 315 for the US & 60 for the UK.). Printed in brown-black with plate tone on cream wove paper with the proprietary watermark of the Dickins New York branch AC&HWD Inc NEW YORK


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Additional Information about the Print

Included in the Fine Art Society one-man Walcot exhibition in 1924.

Also included in the 1929 Beaux Arts Gallery mixed show of contemporary etchers.

Walcot's publisher, Harold Wollvine Dickins, not only instigated and financed the trip to New York to etch the set but personally accompanied the artist and arranged studio and printing facilities through the New York office of the firm run by his brother Alec. (The two brothers succeeded their father in running the firm H C Dickins.)

In his diary of the visit Dickins comments on Walcot’s friendship with Cass Gilbert, the architect of the famous Woolworth Building, 1911-13, here seen at the centre of the composition with some of its ‘gothic’ detailing which early earned it the nickname of the ‘Cathedral of Commerce’.

In another plate, Downtown Manhatten from the East River Walcot showed it in is entirety. In 1924 it was still the tallest building in New York.

The colonnaded portico of St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway (the only surviving Georgian church in New York) is shown a block nearer to the viewer. (One of the drawings in the 1924 Fine Art Society Walcot exhibition was entitled St. Paul’s Church, New York.)

The other four titles of the New York ‘set’ are:

  • Forty Second Street, NY (EH-L 110), 1923
  • Battery Park, NY (EH-L 111), 1923
  • Park Avenue (EH-L 112) (included in the exhibition), 1923
  • Brooklyn Bridge (EH-L 113), 1923