Walcot R.E., Hon.R.I.B.A.
1874 – 1943 Ditchling, Sussex)
Court of Justice
A Court of Justice
EH-L 16. 645
x 510 mm. Etching with drypoint and aquatint, 1913.
pencil. Edition of 50. A brilliant impression on stout
wove paper with wide margins. Faintly mount-stained
and with other occasional stains in the margins of
Information about the Print
in the 1914 Fine Art Society one-man exhibition
of Walcot etchings.
included in the James Connell 1918 one-man exhibition
scene imagines the ceremony attached to the opening
of a new session of a court of law or tribunal;
with a procession of the new chief magistrate,
the Consul, or his colleague, the Praetor, arriving
from the Curia where the preceding religious
ceremonies attached to a new office had taken
For the architectural setting Walcot chose to reconstruct
part of the Basilica of Constantine in the Roman
Basilica of Constantine contained the largest
single room ever built, a central ‘nave’ 300
x 82 feet covered by a single vault. On either
side of the principal room was an ‘aisle’ made
up of three interconnecting halls. Each hall, 55
feet wide was vaulted transversely. It is these
halls that Walcot depicts in a Court of Justice.