|William Walcot RBA, RE (1874-1943).|
Ludgate Hill, towards St Paul's Cathedral, London.
Signed in pencil.
5 1/2 x 5 inches.
Original label for W.B. Simpson, Vincent Street, Glasgow.
Ludgate Hill Railway Bridge and Station opened in 1865 and the bridge was demolished in 1990, along with Holborn Viaduct.
William Walcot RBA, RE (1874-1943).:
William Walcot was born in 1874 at Lustdorf, near Odessa the son of a Scottish father and a Russian mother. During his childhood, he travelled through Europe and South Africa returning to Russia at the age of seventeen. He studied architecture under Leon Benois at The Imperial Academy of Art, St. Petersburg and later studied in Paris at The Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Atelier Redon. He practised architecture in Moscow for just six years, designing the city's Hotel Metropole in 1898. Settling in London in 1907, he was first employed as a draughtsman for the South African architect Eustace Frere. He quickly became celebrated as an architectural draughtsman, producing presentation drawings for architects to show their clients. Those architects included Herbert Baker, Aston Webb and Edwin Lutyens (for whom he made drawings of the Viceroy's House, New Delhi). He became the most prominent architectural draughtsman of the 1920's and 1930's working from studios in London, Oxford and Rome but he also found time to exhibit oils, watercolours and etchings with the leading exhibiting societies including the Royal Academy. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1913 and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1920. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an associate of the British School of Rome. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Fine Art Society in London in 1974.