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William Walcot, R.E. 1874-1943.

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Arc San Carlo, Naples. 1921. Etching and drypoint. Dickins 70. 6 3/4 x 6 5/8 (sheet 14 1/8 x 10). Edition 400. A fine impression with plate tone printed in black/brown ink on white wove paper. Blindstamp: the Rose collection. Signed in pencil. $500.

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The original San Carlo theatre was built in 1737 in just eight months, to a design by Giovanni Medrano; after it burned down in 1816, it was rebuilt in less than a year. Second in prestige only to Milan's La Scala, the San Carlo has lavish decor with acres of red velvet and intricate gilded stucco moulding, and an unusual revolving clock in the vault of the proscenium arch.

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