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

A Court of Justice

A Court of Justice | William Walcot | Etching | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 16

A Court of Justice
EH-L 16. 645 x 510 mm. Etching with drypoint and aquatint, 1913.
Signed in 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 the sheet.       

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Included in the 1914 Fine Art Society one-man exhibition of Walcot etchings.

Also included in the James Connell 1918 one-man exhibition of Walcot.

The 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 place.
For the architectural setting Walcot chose to reconstruct part of the Basilica of Constantine in the Roman Forum.

The 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.