William Walcot

William Walcot RE (10 March 1874 – 21 May 1943) was a British architect graphic artist and etcher, notable as a practitioner of refined Art Nouveau (Style Moderne) in Moscow, Russia (as Вильям Францевич Валькот).wikipedia
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Hotel Metropol Moscow

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His largest and best known work was the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, financed by Savva Mamontov.
It is notable as the largest extant Moscow hotel built before the Russian Revolution of 1917, and for the unique collaboration of architects (William Walcot, Lev Kekushev, Vladimir Shukhov) and artists (Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Golovin, Nikolai Andreev).

Lev Kekushev

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In 1899, Walcot applied to the open contest with a draft codenamed A Lady's Head, earning the fourth prize and losing to Lev Kekushev. Walcot's mosaic, signed W.W., adorns the List House in Glazovsky Lane, built by Lev Kekushev.
His style (unlike the next generation of Art Nouveau architects like William Walcot and Fyodor Schechtel) is very close to the original Belgian style of Victor Horta.

Cyril Farey

Walcot, along with contemporary Cyril Farey, was one of the most sought after English architectural illustrators of the 1920s and 30s.
Farey provided commissioned illustrations for numerous leading architects including Edwin Lutyens and Frank Lloyd Wright and was considered along with William Walcot to be one of the preeminent architectural draftsmen of the period.

Private Opera

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The spacious building, now operating as a hotel only, was conceived as a cultural center around Private Opera hall.
He appointed William Walcot as lead architect, however, in 1899 Mamontov was unjustly arrested and put on trial for embezzlement connected with building of the Yaroslavl railway.

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

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He was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1913, as an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1916 and a Fellow of the RIBA in 1922.
Notable members (and their date of election to a full fellowship) included: Mary Nimmo Moran (1881 ), William Strang (1881), Joseph Pennell (1882), Auguste Rodin (1882), Charles William Sherborn (1884), Herbert Dicksee (1885), Walter Sickert (1887), Sir David Young Cameron (1895), Margaret Kemp-Welch (1901), Sir Frank Brangwyn (1903), Anna Airy (1908), Eugène Béjot (1908), Ernest Stephen Lumsden (1915), William Walcot (1920), Edmund Blampied (1921), Gerald Brockhurst (1921), Robert Austin (1927), Dame Laura Knight (1932), Sir William Russell Flint (1933), Charles Tunnicliffe (1934), Geoffrey Wedgwood (1934), Joan Hassall (1948) James T.A. Osborne (1957) and Gwenda Morgan (1962).

Etching

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William Walcot RE (10 March 1874 – 21 May 1943) was a British architect graphic artist and etcher, notable as a practitioner of refined Art Nouveau (Style Moderne) in Moscow, Russia (as Вильям Францевич Валькот).

Art Nouveau

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William Walcot RE (10 March 1874 – 21 May 1943) was a British architect graphic artist and etcher, notable as a practitioner of refined Art Nouveau (Style Moderne) in Moscow, Russia (as Вильям Францевич Валькот).

Keystone (architecture)

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His trademark Lady's Head keystone ornament became the easily recognisable symbol of Russian Style Moderne.

Odessa

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William Walcot was born at Lustdorf, near Odessa in a mixed Scottish-Russian family.

Leon Benois

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He grew up in Western Europe and South Africa, returning to Russia at the age of 17, and studied arts and architecture under Leon Benois at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.

Imperial Academy of Arts

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He grew up in Western Europe and South Africa, returning to Russia at the age of 17, and studied arts and architecture under Leon Benois at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg

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He grew up in Western Europe and South Africa, returning to Russia at the age of 17, and studied arts and architecture under Leon Benois at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.

Fyodor Schechtel

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Unlike contemporary architects like Fyodor Schechtel, Walcot never ventured into Neo-Gothic or Russian Revival styles – his work is strictly Art Nouveau, in its English Decadent variety (according to contemporary Russian critics). Participation of Victor Vesnin and Fyodor Schechtel, suggested by William Brumfield, has not been confirmed.

Gothic Revival architecture

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Unlike contemporary architects like Fyodor Schechtel, Walcot never ventured into Neo-Gothic or Russian Revival styles – his work is strictly Art Nouveau, in its English Decadent variety (according to contemporary Russian critics).

Russian Revival architecture

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Unlike contemporary architects like Fyodor Schechtel, Walcot never ventured into Neo-Gothic or Russian Revival styles – his work is strictly Art Nouveau, in its English Decadent variety (according to contemporary Russian critics).

Savva Mamontov

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His largest and best known work was the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, financed by Savva Mamontov.

Mikhail Vrubel

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The building, completed in 1905 after a devastating fire in 1901, was decorated by Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Golovin, Nikolai Andreev and other artists.

Aleksandr Golovin (artist)

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The building, completed in 1905 after a devastating fire in 1901, was decorated by Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Golovin, Nikolai Andreev and other artists.

Nikolay Andreyev

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The building, completed in 1905 after a devastating fire in 1901, was decorated by Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Golovin, Nikolai Andreev and other artists.

Viktor Vesnin

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Participation of Victor Vesnin and Fyodor Schechtel, suggested by William Brumfield, has not been confirmed.

Mosaic

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Walcot's mosaic, signed W.W., adorns the List House in Glazovsky Lane, built by Lev Kekushev.

Morocco

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Technical drawing

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Rather, Walcot worked as an architectural draftsman, famous for his artistic presentation of other architects' designs and exhibiting his own work at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions.

Gouache

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Walcot developed his own impressionistic style in gouache and watercolour which won numerous commissions from Edwin Lutyens, Herbert Baker and Aston Webb.

Edwin Lutyens

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Walcot developed his own impressionistic style in gouache and watercolour which won numerous commissions from Edwin Lutyens, Herbert Baker and Aston Webb.