Original Francis Seymour Haden etching with drypoint.
Particularly strong impression of the freshly completed plate. A very fine printing indeed with bright contrast, as issued by the artist in his famous Études à l’eau-forte.
Etched from an upper window in Francis Seymour Haden's house on Sloane Street in Chelsea, the image shows the view across Kensington, towards Brompton, as it looked in 1859. An impression of this etching was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1861.
This marvellous plate shows Francis Seymour Haden’s remarkable ability to capture the atmosphere of a fresh, showery day through his free and evocative use of line. The rain has just passed and the effect of light breaking through cloud across the distant view of London is perfectly expressed with total spontaneity.
On fine laid paper with the watermark of an elaborate armorial crest, with margins as issued. Platemark strengthened expertly at one point verso, otherwise excellent original condition.