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

King Charles in Whitehall

King Charles in Whitehall, London | William Walcot | Etching & Drypoint | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 160

King Charles in Whitehall
E H-L  160. 148 x 199 mm. Etching with aquatint, c.1929.
Signed in pencil. Inscribed in pencil and initialled by Walcot as impression No.13 of the edition of 50. A fine impression, printed with plate tone, on cream wove paper.


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An impression was included in the 1929 Beaux Arts Gallery group exhibition of contemporary etchers.

Unusual in Walcot’s London plates in recreating a historical scene rather than showing current architecture and topography.

Either a pre-Civil War ceremonial arrival at the Court of Charles I, or Charles I arriving before his execution. The scaffolding at the left could indicate where the hole would be knocked through the wall for the event.

Walcot envisages the remaining half-timbered medieval buildings of the original palace, taken over from Wolsey by Henry VIII, adjoining the splendid new classical Banqueting Hall. The Civil War had prevented completion of any more than the Banqueting House of Inigo Jones’ grand design for a new royal palace of Whitehall.