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

Charing Cross – The Statue of Charles I

Charing Cross, London | William Walcot | Etching & Drypoint | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 79

Charing Cross – The Statue of Charles I
E H-L 79. 91 x 125 mm. Etching & drypoint, 1919.
Signed in pencil. Published by H C Dickins. Edition of 175. On F J Head & Co cream laid paper. Faintly light-stained.


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Included in the Beaux Arts 1929 mixed show of contemporary etchings.

Hubert le Sueur’s bronze equestrian statue of Charles I though cast in 1633 was not erected immediately and in the Civil War the Parliamentarians sold it for scrap in 1649 to the brazier John Rivett. He made a fortune selling cutlery supposedly made from the melted bronze. However he actually buried it in his garden and at the Restoration gave or sold it back to Charles II. It was moved to its present site [that of the original Charing (Eleanor) Cross] in 1765-67. The pedestal is said to have been designed by Wren and carved by Grinling Gibbons.