Here is a great Antique Etching/Engraving reproof of most likely the interior of Burgos Cathedral in Leon/Castille Spain by the well known Swedish engraver Axel H Haig for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
This Antique Etching/Engraving was done by Axel H Haig of Sweden sometime in the late 1800 to early 1900s. The Engraving is pencil signed by both Haig and also a party named Jacobi. Says Reproof with the image, see pics. The original etching was done in 1889. Again, this is a reproof. The engraving has not been examined out of the frame.
Some information from another party that knows more than I about this artist; "Long after Dunthorne had executed the final editions of his etchings, Haig allowed some of his plates to be sold to print makers for further editions that usually included copyrights. Jacobi was one of those print makers, and he bought the old plates and made impressions that he colored then sold on th market. He would often include the artist's Signature in the plate, and would attach a sticker to the back explaining the process and that the Signature was a facsimile."
Beautiful rendering of the inside of what is most likely Burgos Cathedral in Spain. Captures the colored stained glass in the background, with a statue in the middle and parishioners going thru the iron gates to enter the cathedral.
We see some very minor foxing or brown spotting going on within the engraving. No watermarks, tears, or repairs that we observe.
Beautiful wide wood frame here. The wood frame has an exposed wood veneer graining to it and then a goldish brown applique with detail around the front perimeter of the frame. Another inside gold applique piece where makes contact with the piece. Some loss to the veneer front and the applique at the bottom and left bottom of the frame. Another piece of the wood applique missing in top right corner. No backing paper on the piece. The hanging hooks are in place, no hanging wire as was brittle and removed.
Nice antique white matting around the engraving. The glass over the engraving is intact, no cracking or blistering.
The Framed Axel Haig Etching of Notre Dame Cathedral is 36-3/8" tall, by 26-1/8" across, by 1" wide. The Engraving showing thru the frame is 30" tall by 19-13/16" across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
Some brief information about the engraver, Axel Haig, from our friends at Wikipedia;
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Haig's illustration for the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle
Axel Herman Haig (Swedish: Axel Herman Hägg, 10 November 1835 – 1921) was a Swedish-born artist and illustrator. His paintings, illustrations and etchings, undertaken for himself and on behalf of many of the foremost architects of the Victorian period made him "the Piranesi of the Gothic Revival."
Haig was born on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. His father was a landowner and timber merchant. Haig was apprenticed as a shipbuilder at the government dockyard at Karlskrona and in 1856 went to Glasgow for a further period of training at a firm of Clydeside shipbuilders. But his interests had turned to architecture and in 1859, he undertook a new apprenticeship as a draughtsman in the offices of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. After seven years there, he launched himself as an architectural artist. The middle years of the nineteenth century saw an explosion in the practice of architectural competitions. The wealth generated by the empire and The Industrial Revolution created the necessary conditions for a vast expansion in civic construction. Commissions for government offices, town halls, churches for private benefactors, railway termini were all put out to tender and competing architects required draughtsmen to illustrate their plans. In 1866 Haig met William Burges when Burges retained him to illustrate his designs for the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand. Haig produced a series of watercolour illustrations that were "an immediate sensation." The competition's winner, George Edmund Street is said to have remarked, "I wouldn't mind being beaten by drawings like those."
Haig and Burges continued in partnership until the latter's death in 1881. In that time they jointly produced some of the most spectacular medieval visions of the Victorian Gothic Revival. Cardiff Castle, Knightshayes Court, the Church of Christ the Consoler at Skelton-on-Ure, St Mary's Church, Park House, the Speech Room, Harrow School, Castell Coch, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and the designs for the re-decoration of Saint Paul's Cathedral: as Burges designed his most important commissions, so Haig drew them. "In Haig, Burges, the architect of a medieval dreamland, had found an artist worthy of his dreams."
Haig developed a second career as an etcher and his drawings and lithographs of European castles, palaces, landscapes and cathedrals became hugely popular in late-Victorian England. In a review of his work published by RIBA in the year of his death, Maurice Adams wrote that "his architectural draughtsmanship ranks without a doubt amongst the foremost of his time and his graphic capability remains unique."
Haig also designed All Saints Church in Grayswood, Surrey. It was built between 1901 and 1902 in a style described variously as Surrey Vernacular or "13th-century [Gothic] with Arts and Crafts elements". It is a Grade II listed building.
Church designed by Haig in his adopted village of Grayswood
^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i Mordaunt Crook et al. 1984, p 13
Jump up^ Axel Haig and the Victorian Vision of the Middle Ages page 16
Jump up^ Axel Haig and the Victorian Vision of the Middle Ages page 17
Jump up^ RIBA Journal Volume XXVIII (1921)
Jump up^ Nairn & Pevsner 1971, p. 262.
Jump up^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints, Grayswood Road, Grayswood (Grade II) (1243910)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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