Seymour Haden (British, 1818 – 1910)
Dimensions : 10 3/4 x 17 in. (27.31 x 43.18 cm)
Mat : 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Plate : 7 x 13 1/8 in. (17.78 x 33.34 cm)
Credit LineGift of Orville C. Beattie
LabelFrancis Seymour Haden’s primary occupation was as a surgeon and he only pursued art as a hobby. Haden had a deep interest in the history of European printmaking and spent years studying the techniques of the genre’s greatest masters. He had a particular fondness for etching and preferred to compose his images by drawing directly on the printing plate. He often worked from nature, taking his plates and etching tools to the locations he wanted to depict and creating his images on the spot. Haden’s interest in etching and his working technique had a profound influence on his brother-in-law, James McNeil Whistler. Haden and Whistler were close friends and often worked together during the late 1850s and early 1860s. In 1867, however, Whistler pushed Haden through a plate glass window during an argument and the two artists never spoke again.