Piccadilly Circus -- 1915. 1915. Drypoint. Dodgson 332.vi. 11 13/16 x 14 7/8 (sheet 16 x 22). Edition of 125 in this state. Illustrated: Furst, Original Engraving and Etching: An Appreciation. A rich impression printed on the full sheet of simili-Japan paper. Signed in pencil. Housed in a black stepped 19 x 20 2/3-inch modernist frame with a subtle red line. $3,750.
Piccadilly Circus was first exhibited at the eighth exhibition of the Society of Twelve, where proofs were sold for 10 guineas each, in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund.
The image is of Piccadilly Circus during World War I. Search lights illuminate the night sky. Electric lamps are obscured on top, in accordance with the war regulations during the winter of 1914-15. This is one of the most dramatic images of wartime London, and is one of Bone's masterpieces.
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