The Personal Wax Seal of Deborah Delano Haden ( Nee WHISTLER) WIFE of Sir Francis Seymour Haden
This is THE PERSONAL LETTER WAX SEAL of Deborah Delano Haden, Wife of Sir Francis Seymour Haden. Sir Francis had the Seal made by Silversmiths LE ROY in the form of a brass Bust of a Medieval Knight with Visor lifted, with the initials D S H in flowing script for DEBORAH DELANO HADEN. This unique WAX SEAL measures 2 1/2" in height and 1 1/2" across the shoulders.Deborah Delano nee WHISTLER was a Step Sister of the famous American Painter JAMES WHISTLER. This piece is from the family Estate and we can provide written Provenance for the buyer.
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (16 September 1818 - 1 June 1910), was an English surgeon, best known as an etcher.He was born in London, his father, Charles Thomas Haden, being a well-known doctor and lover of music. He was educated at Derby School, Christ's Hospital, and University College, London, and also studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, where he took his degree in 1840. He was admitted as a member of the College of Surgeons in London in 1842.
In 1843-4, with his friends Duval, Le Cannes and Colonel Guibout, he traveled to Italy and made his first sketches from nature. Haden attended no art school and had no art teachers, but between 1845 and 1848 he studied portfolios of prints belonging to a second-hand dealer named Love, who had a shop in Bunhill Row, the old Quaker quarter of London. Arranging the prints in chronological order, he studied the works of the great original engravers, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden and Rembrandt.
Haden's printmaking was invigorated by his much younger brother-in-law, James Whistler, at the Haden home in Sloane Street 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.
Haden followed the art of original etching with such vigour that he became not only the foremost British exponent of that art but brought about its revival in England. His strenuous efforts and perseverance, aided by the secretarial ability of Sir WR Drake, resulted in the foundation of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. As president he ruled the society with a strong hand from its first beginnings in 1880.
Notwithstanding his study of the old masters of his art, Haden's own plates were very individual. He preferred to work directly onto the plate in front of the subject.
Among numerous distinctions he received the Grand Prix, Paris, in 1889 and 1900, and was made a member of the Institut de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts and Société des Artistes Français. He was knighted in 1894.