Encombe Woods, No. 2
Sir Francis Seymour Haden British
Not on view
Seymour Haden was the unlikely combination of a surgeon and an etcher. Although he pursued a very successful medical career, he is mostly remembered for his etched work as well as for his writings on etching. He was one of a group of artists, including James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Alphonse Legros (1837–1911), whose passionate interest in the medium led to the so-called etching revival, a period that lasted well into the twentieth century. The extolling of etching for its inherent spontaneous qualities reached its pinnacle during this time. While the line of the etching needle, Haden wrote, was "free, expressive, full of vivacity," that of the burin was "cold, constrained, uninteresting," and "without identity."
A landscape with wooded hills at right; a plain with a pool in the foreground and two donkeys, reflected in the water, at left.
"State VII (H1). The distanceis more clearly defines, and there are rain clouds at the right and left with clear sky at the center."
[Source: Schneiderman, p. 385]
"Published States: Second.-The clouds to the left much reduced in tone, and additional shading on the large tree to the right."
[Source: Harrington, p. 109]