Ye Compleat Angler

Sir Francis Seymour Haden British

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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 boy wearing a sunbonnet fishing with a stick in a pool before a mill; buildings of the mill are on both banks; trees in background.
"State III (D1, H1). Published in Hamerton, Etching and Etchers (3rd ed., London, 1880). The bushes in the right background shaded with oblique lines."
[Source: Schneiderman, p. 319]
"Published State: First.-The bushes on the right are shaded by oblique strokes from right to left. Published in Hamerton's 'Etching and Etchers,' 3rd edition, 4to, 1880"
[Source: Harrington, p. 83]

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