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

The Temple of Edfu

The Temple of Edfu. 1928 | William Walcot | Drypoint with Etching & Aquating | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 153

The Temple of Edfu
EH-L 153
345 x 460 mm
Etching, drypoint and aquatint, 1928. Signed in pencil and numbered. Published by the Fine Art Society in an edition of 75. A dedicated proof, inscribed to Mrs Russell Young – with Mr & Mrs Walcot’s best wishes, Christmas 1931. On wove paper watermarked ‘Hand Made’. Mount stained in the margins beyond the mount opening.


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The peristyle courtyard behind the entrance pylons. A magnificent palanquin with feathered fans is being carried into the temple through the portal, suggesting a visit from the Pharaoh.

The Ptolomaic Temple of Horus at Edfu, the best preserved of all Egyptian temples, was the subject of two plates. The other, The Caravan, see previous item, was smaller and showed the exterior view of the entrance pylons, with a more modern day/Arab accompaniment of a camel train.

The monumental remains of the ancient Mediterranean world fascinated Walcot and inspired him to pictorially recreate them as they were when built and ceremoniously in use.

He had a one-man show at the Fine Art Society in 1928 of his Impressions of Egypt.