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Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley

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Lucifer   1926

Original line engraving.

Very fine signed proof impression from the artist’s own personal collection. The artist’s finest independent engraving.

Upon its release in 1926, his engraving of Lucifer was Badeley's single most expensive print, priced at the then considerable sum of 4 guineas.


Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath, with a Boy Sitting on a Bank

Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath, with a Boy Sitting on a Bank   1900/1914

Etching and mezzotints after John Constable.

Unique series of working proof impressions from the artist’s own personal collection.

£480 – the set of four working proofs.


Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley was born at Elswick, near Newcastle. After graduating from Oxford University, he entered the Parliament Office in 1897, and from 1920 to 1930 he was principal clerk and taxing officer in the judicial department at the House of Lords. In 1930 he was made Clerk Assistant of the Parliaments and four years later, became Clerk and was created K.C.B.. When he retired in 1949, the Marquess of Salisbury, said: “He could almost be described as the father of the house, for he had been the guide, philosopher and friend to whom they had gone in their troubles”. Upon his retirement he was honoured by having the title of 1st Baron Badeley of Badley (in Suffolk) conferred upon him.

H.J.F. Badeley studied under Sir Frank Short at the Royal College of Art and appears to have remained in close contact with Short for many years, often choosing subjects which reflect Short’s own, such as the long pier and the tide marks at Rye in Sussex. Indeed, Short is known to have proved a number of Badeley’s etching plates.

Badeley’s work as an etcher and engraver was exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between the years 1911 and 1951, and the famous P.& D. Colnaghi of Bond Street, were his publishers. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers early in his career and was Honorary Secretary to the Society from 1911 until 1921. H.J.F. Badeley is best known for his exceptional line engraved bookplates, his few independent engravings being comparatively rare. In all Badeley made over 200 etched and engraved bookplates, including those for the library of the House of Lords and the Danish royal family. [more]