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Hérodias, by Gustave Flaubert, illustrated by William Walcot. 1928. Les Editions d’Art Devambez. Copy #23 of 25 on Japan paper, with 3 states of the illustrations and an original drawing by the artist. William Walcot (1874 - 1943) was in Russia. He studied architecture at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, then attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Walcot’s career as an architect in Moscow lasted six years, but he left a lasting heritage of refined buildings, pure Art Nouveau, such as the Hotel Metropol (1898). In 1906, Walcot relocated to London. He designed only one London building: 61 St James’s Street, in 1933.

Rather, Walcot worked as an architectural draftsman, famous for his artistic presentation of other architects’ designs and, at the same time, exhibiting his own work. He got involved in printmaking, creating reconstructions of ancient Greek, Roman, Babylonian and Egyptian buildings. He illustrated 2 French books, Salammbo and Herodias.

The engraving from the book is on the right. The original drawing is shown on the left. The third engraving is of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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