Walcot R.E., Hon.R.I.B.A.
1874 – 1943 Ditchling, Sussex)
Piccadilly Circus – Rebuilding Swan & Edgar’s
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.
Information about the Print
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.
shows the pre-World War I shop façade
still in place, before Blomfield’s
remodelling but encroached by scaffolding for the new building.