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

Piccadilly Circus – Rebuilding Swan & Edgar’s

Piccadilly Circus | William Walcot | Etching & Drypoint | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 95

Piccadilly Circus – Rebuilding Swan & Edgar’s
EH-L 95. 133 x 203 mm. Etching, drypoint & aquatint, c.1920.
Signed in pencil at the blank foot of the plate. A fine impression printed in brown-black ink with plate tone, on cream wove paper. A little time-toned.        


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Established as a haberdashery in the early years of the 19th century Swan & Edgar’s store got a new shopfront in 1841 on Piccadilly Circus and within a few years had spread across the entire ‘corner’ of the Circus between Piccadilly and Regent Street. The departmental store was rebuilt 1910-20 to the designs of Sir Reginald Blomfield. Taken over by the Drapery Trust in 1927 and later by the Debenham group, it finally closed in 1982.

Walcot shows the pre-World War I shop façade still in place, before Blomfield’s remodelling but encroached by scaffolding for the new building.