A Brig at Anchor
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)
Harrington (1910) 147, First; Drake 130; Schneiderman (1983) 134, V
Platemark: 13.8 × 20.8 cm (5 7/16 × 8 3/16 in.) Sheet: 25.9 × 35.3 cm (10 3/16 × 13 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching with dry point
Not On View
According to Harrington this plate was actually etched from nature by moonlight at Deptford. There are a number of poor impressions “evidently printed after the issue in the magazine.”
“The trial proofs with the white sail and 25 of the published state with the dark signed by Mr. Haden and taken before the plate was given to the portfolio [sic] are alone good.”
THE MFA’S IS STATE V.
I. A brig with her bow towards the left lies at anchor; a barge with two small figures at the bow sails towards the brig. In the center distance are moored barges before the far bank. A smaller brig without sails lies in the center foreground. A very faint barge in drypoint is at the left of the brig. With the inscription DASHA (E, on the stern of the center foreground boat, the S reserved) and Seymour Haden (E.l.l.).
II (Ha). The smallest foreground boat and the inscription DASHA removed; the area where the boat was is covered by new work in the water and there is a scratch in the water before the distant boats.
III (Da?, 2 impressions; Hb). The two rigging lines to the bow of the barge are drawn in with drypoint.
IV (Hc). The upper part of the sail of the barge with vertical lines and some drypoint flecks, and additional drypoint work on hull of barge. The lines of the waves beyond the barge, the scratch noted in state II and the clouds in the upper part of the sky removed. Drypoint work near the tender of the barge and a faint f in the foregroung near the date.
V (D1, H1) Published in THE PORTFOLIO, VII (1876), 116. The sail of the barge is now heavily shaded at the top with horizontal lines. The outline of a bending figure has been added to the stern of the barge in drypoint, but because of the shadows the figure is partially obscured. During printing the drypoint work and lightly etched work wear.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 277.
In plate l.l. Seymour Haden 1870; on sheet l.r. in graphite "Portfolio" impression; b.c. in graphite "A Brig at Anchor"; l.r. in graphite, plate destroyed
In plate l.l. Seymour Haden 1870
Henry F. Sewall, N.Y.; date acquired: October 21, 1897
Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund