Seymour Haden Etchings Catalog with 16 Fine Hand Printed Photogravure Etchings 1923


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Title: The Etchings of Sir Francis Seymour Haden, P.R.E.
Author: Malcolm Salaman - (1855-1940) - English writer and art critic
Subject: The etchings of English artist Seymour Haden (1818-1910)
Date Published: 1923, Halton and Truscott Smith, Ltd. (London)
Edition: No stated edition size
Dimensions : Book Size - 9-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches
Condition: Good to Very Good condition with some damage and wear to the front cover and some scattered foxing on the inside pages including a few of the photogravures.
Printing: Printed by Morton, Burt & Sons, Ltd. in black ink on coated and cream wove paper. The photogravures were made and printed by A. Alexander & Sons, Ltd.

Every student and collector of etchings knows the name Seymour Haden. Haden was considered one of the world’s finest etchers during the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century.

What distinguishes this catalog raisonne of his etchings from other catalogs is the very fine photogravure reproductions of 16 of his best etchings including the much sought after "Sunset in Ireland." The photogravures were printed separately and then bound into the catalog.

We have seen these offered for sale individually as original etchings which they are not. They are, though, high quality photogravures which are much better than standard catalog reproductions. Some of the prints, including "Sunset in Ireland," have some foxing in the margins, but none of the images are affected.

Sir Francis Seymour Haden was England’s foremost exponent of etching during the later part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century. Haden was a prominent surgeon by profession, but etching became his passion. His interest helped to spark a revival of the art in Europe and America. Haden did not attend art school and had no art teachers, but between 1845 and 1848 he studied portfolios of etchings and engravings belonging to a print dealer, including those of Rembrandt, Durer, Lucas van Leyden and others.

Haden's printmaking was encouraged and assisted by his younger brother-in-law, American artist James Whistler, at the Haden home in London in 1855. A press was installed there, and for a while Haden and Whistler collaborated on a series of etchings of the Thames. The relationship and project did not last. After an argument in 1867, the two never spoke again. In addition to helping to bring about a revival of etching in England, Haden’s efforts and perseverance resulted in the founding of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He served as its president from its first beginnings in 1880.

Although he studied the old masters of the art, Haden's own plates were very individual, and are particularly noticeable for a fine original treatment of landscape subjects, free and open in line, clear and well divided in mass, and full of a noble and dignified style of his own. In 1891 Haden was elected a member of the Athenaeum, and in 1894 his public service was rewarded with a knighthood. In 1905 his distinction was recognized abroad by honorary membership of the Institut de France, the Academie des Beaux Arts and the Societe des Artistes Francais. He was awarded medals for etching at the Expositions Universelles in Paris in 1889 and 1900.

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