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Sir Muirhead Bone. 1876-1953.

Piccadilly Circus -- 1915. 1915. Drypoint. Dodgson 332.vi. 11 13/16 x 14 7/8 (sheet 15 x 19). Edition of 125 in this state. Illustrated: Furst, Original Engraving and Etching: An Appreciation. A rich impression with drypoint burr printed on simili-Japon paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. $3,000.

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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