William Walcot RE (1874-1943)

Born in Lustdorf, near Odessa, Russia to a Russian mother and Scottish father, Walcot studied architecture at St Petersburg and in Paris, and then practised architecture in Moscow. Soon after the turn of the century (1906) he came to London and was taken up and sponsered by the Fine Art Society, who sent him to Italy. Walcot who was also a watercolourist, was responsible for about 150 architectural drypoints, both of imaginary scenes from the classical past and of contemporary London. Elected to Royal Society of British Etchers in 1913, as associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1916 and a Fellow of the RIBA in 1922. He worked from studios in London, Oxford and Rome during the 1920’s and 30’s until the Second World War when his career went into decline. Died 1943 having fallen from a window at a nursing home in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.

British Etchers 1850-1940 - Kenneth M Guichard