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An Essex Farm

Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harrington (1910) 155i, First;


Platemark: 17.5 × 26.4 cm (6 7/8 × 10 3/8 in.) Sheet: 21.3 × 32.3 cm (8 3/8 × 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching on zinc (Drake)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Essex is a county on the eastern coast, bounded on the south by the Thames.
“I like this plate and think it is one of the best and most masculine of my works - The impressions you have are the very first from the copper and in my opinion full of the quality which I cherish.”
I. (Da, 2 impressions; Ha) A farm on the bank of the Thames has been etched in. Behind the house and rocks on the right, three masts of a vessel are seen; a white sail is set on the mast to the extreme right. A mast with a sail is also seen above the roof of the main house, to the left of the three masts. On the left a group of large corn sheaves which extend upward above the horizon; to the left of them a vessel with a sagging sail.
II (Hb). The corn sheaves on the left removed, leaving a bare space. The masts of the vessel seen above the house removed.
III. With the addition of the signature and date Seymour Haden 1874 (E, l.l.)
IV (Hc). New work depicting the near river bank fills in the bare area at the left, and a sailboat with two sails added to the right between the central tree and the higher roof, the sail of the foremost boat shaded with vertical lines and the area in front of the boat re-etched. A figure has been etched at the center right. The town on the far bank of the Thames is lightly etched in, although a house is clearly visible.
V (H1) The large sail between the tree and roof removed. A mast and shaded sail introduced behind the trees on the far right. The sailing boat closest to near shore removed and replaced by two small boats, one of which has a small, almost diamond-shaped sail at its steern. There is foul-biting in the lower part of the plate.
VI (H1) The foul-biting, the figure in the center right, and parts of the distant shore line removed.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 295.


In plate l.l. Seymour Haden 1874


In plate l.l. Seymour Haden 1874; on sheet in graphite l.r. Seymour Haden


George Reed Nutter (Boston, MA); gift of his estate to the MFA, 14 April 1938.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of George R. Nutter