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Etching looking down a crowded Bond Street towards Piccadilly. The male shoppers wear top hats. Bond Street was London's smartest shopping street during the 1920s. However, its messy appearance concerned those who thought London's best streets should look neat. Fred Richards' etching captures the busy streetscape that Frank Pick, the managing Director of London's Transport Combine, complained about in 1923: "Take our most fashionable street, Bond Street, and in the welter of signs, one blanketing the other, is there either service or beauty? It has become a crazy competition." Richards was one of the most accomplished printmakers working in 1920s London.
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