The Twins - Sarah and Anne Haden, No. II is a beautiful etching by British artist Sir F. Seymour Haden (1818-1910). Original etching size is 9 1/4" x 5 3/4" with the frame measuring 22 1/2" x 19". Ref: Schneiderman #215, State #2, circa 1885. The etching is in very good condition with slight traces of foxing around the edges of the paper.
To help protect the art, bottom mat, backing and hinging are acid free, plus the glass is conservation clear to block out 98% of the UV rays. The top mat is a beautiful off-white creamy silk that completes the overall beauty of this framed piece.
SIR FRANCIS SEYMOUR HADEN (1818-1910), English surgeon and etcher, was born in London on September 16, 1818. His father, Charles Thomas Haden, was a well-known doctor and amateur of music. Francis was educated at University College School and University College, London. He also studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, where he received his degree in 1840. He was admitted as a member of the College of Surgeons in London in 1842. Besides his distinguished career as a surgeon, he followed the art of original etching with such vigor that he became not only the foremost British exponent of that art, but was the principal cause of its revival in England. By his strenuous efforts and perseverance, aided by the ability of Sir W. R. Drake, he founded the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. Haden attended no art school and had no art teachers, but in 1845, 1846, 1847 and 1848 he studied portfolios of prints belonging to an old second-hand dealer named Love, who had a shop in Bunhill Row, London. These portfolios he would carry home, and arranging the prints in chronological order, studied the works of the great original engravers; Durer, Lucas van Leyden and Rembrandt. These studies, besides influencing his original work, led to his important monograph on the etched work of Rembrandt. By lecture and book, and with the aid of the memorable exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1877, he endeavored to give a just idea of Rembrandt's work, separating the true from the false, and giving altogether a nobler idea of the master's mind by taking away from the list of his works many dull and unseemly plates that had long been included in the lists. His reasons are founded upon the results of a study of the master's works in chronological order, and are clearly expressed in his monograph, The Etched Work of Rembrandt critically reconsidered, privately printed in 1877, and in The Etched Work of Rembrandt True and False (1895). A catalogue of his works was begun by Sir William Drake and completed by Mr. N. Harrington (1880). Among numerous distinctions he received the Grand Prix, Paris, in 1889 and 1900, and was made a member of the Institute de France, Academie des Beaux-Arts and Societe des Artistes Frangais. In 1847, he married a sister of the American artist, James Abbott M. Whistler. Seymour Haden was knighted in 1894; he died June 1, 1910.
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