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William Monk RE (1863-1937) - Late 19th Century Etching, Swiss Cottage



A characterful street scene showing Swiss Cottage shop fronts. An Edwardian woman can be seen in the foreground behind a stark tree. The artist has added details in sepia india ink, including a mysterious and odd dog wearing a hat and a jacket at the side of the woman. The artist has also scratched out the text on the awning of the grocery shop in the background.

The artist has signed to the lower left corner in pencil, outside the plate lines. The print has been presented in a glazed, Hogarth style frame with a white card mount.

On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The paper has been scratched away to remove the text from the greengrocer's sign. There is some very light foxing. The frame is in fine condition.


23.6 x 16.3cm (9.3" x 6.4")
Framed Size: 39.6 x 30.2cm (15.6" x 11.9")

Collection Information

This fine selection of Monk's work includes classic examples of his well-known London architectural views, as well as landscapes including Yorkshire and Edinburgh. All have been handsomely presented and carefully framed.

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Artist Biography

William Monk was a painter and topographical printmaker, born in Chester. He studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy, Belgium. His architectural views included locations such as London, New York, Eton, Winchester and Durham. Monk was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1894 and a full member in 1899. He was a prolific exhibitor showing at the Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers, Walker Art Gallery, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. He was also a member of the Society of Graver-Printmakers in Colour and acted as Vice-President shortly before his death.

Examples of his work are held in the collections of the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum. He is best remembered for his annual 'Calendarium Londinense' (The London Almanack) which contained a 12-month calendar with one of Monk's engravings of the capital. Monk left London in 1933 and returned to his native Chester where he died 4 years later. In 2013, the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth was marked at the city's Grosvenor Museum with the exhibition 'A Vision of England: Etchings by William Monk'.

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Code qd784
Artist William Monk RE (1863-1937)
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 23.6 x 16.3cm
Framed Yes
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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