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Sir Francis Seymour Haden

  1818 - 1910
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The Inn, Purfleet sold

The Inn, Purfleet   1869

Original etching.

Superb early working proof impression prior to the removal of the title and signature, before the complete alteration of the figures at the lower right and before the plate was cut down. A very strong printing of the pure etched work. Rare.


The Two Asses sold

The Two Asses   1863

Original etching.

Exceptionally strong signed proof impression, with pronounced etched line.



The contribution of Sir Francis Seymour Haden to the revival of etching as a creative art form in this country cannot be overstated. His magnificent landscape work introduced many of the Impressionist ideals to British etching, especially through his marvellous ability to use the open areas of white paper as the source of light. Haden broke with the Victorian tradition of heavily worked narrative etchings to produce naturalistic landscapes, often using a minimum of etched line. It was through this radically innovative approach that Haden became established as the leading figure of the British Etching Revival.

A surgeon by profession and a wealthy member of London society, Haden first began etching as a diversion whilst pursuing his favourite pastime of fishing. However, it was to be through etching, especially as founder and President of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, that Haden was to achieve his lasting fame.