A water meadow
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)
Harrington (1910) 21; Schneiderman (1983) 23, IV
Platemark: 15 × 22.6 cm (5 7/8 × 8 7/8 in.) Sheet: 21.9 × 27.5 cm (8 5/8 × 10 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching on copper
Not On View
This plate and On the Test (No. 24) were done on the same day, this one at noon, the other later in the evening. The scene is of the Test, flowing near the market town of Romsey, before reaching nearby Southampton Bay.
A letter from Haden to Frederick Goulding, May 7, 1901, refers to the printing of this plate: “Water Meadow in proof sent - just about right in every way - with the line of distant trees a little darker (as in the proof) away from the sun….Send me back all my precious proofs with the triage ordered of them; and whenever you have nothing to do amuse yourself with the printing of Water Meadow till you are sick of the sight of it.”
“I like this plate which is saying a great deal.”
IV. The rays in the sky closest to the three poplars in the right background have been increased and some of the fine lines are doubled. Several of the reeds in the immediate right foreground have neen re-etched.
Schneiderman, p. 83.
on sheet l.r. Seymour Haden
Nathaniel T. Kidder, Boston, MA by bequest to MFA 10/13/1938
Bequest of Nathaniel T. Kidder