About this object

This print is said to have been made in 1915 during the First World War. It depicts the London night scene in the winter of 1914-15. Protective hoods have been placed over the street lamps to cast the light downwards in accordance with wartime regulations.

The statue on top of of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain created by Sir Albert Gilbert (1854 - 1934) is sometimes mistaken as Eros, the Greek God of sexual attraction. It is in fact a statue of Eros' brother Anteros, whose name means 'requited love' or 'returned love'. The image of the statue appears on the front page of the London Evening Standard newspaper.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Muirhead Bone (British: Scottish, born:1876-03-23, died:1953-10-21)
  • Date
    1914 - 1915 probably
  • Materials
    Paper; Drypoint; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 30.1 cm x 37.7 cm
  • Physical description
    A busy night scene in Piccadilly Circus, London. The streets are filled with pedestrians, automobiles, horse-drawn carriages and bicycles, brightly lit by street lamps and windows lights. There are two searchlights at the top of a building on the right aimed into the black sky. In the middle ground on the right, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is seen, with its famous sculpture of a winged nude by Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854 - 1934).
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; V N Mrs Beausire (Previous owner) ; Muirhead Bone (Artist/maker) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8997
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1975
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • V N Mrs Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1975-10
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: LIFE OFFICE / COUNTY FIRE OFFICE
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note: On building
    Inscription location: On plate; Upper left
  • Inscription text: Muirhead Bone
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: A.13271
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LTD (printed). Picadilly Circus, etched by Sir D Muirhead Bone RA Jan 1944
    Inscription method: MS labels
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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