Requires Photography

Battersea Bridge

1868 and later
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harrington (1910) 135, Second; Schneiderman (1983) 124, V

Dimensions

Platemark: 17.6 × 24.8 cm (6 15/16 × 9 3/4 in.) Sheet: 24.9 × 30.3 cm (9 13/16 × 11 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

35.1186

Medium or Technique

Etching and dry-point on zinc

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

THE MFA’S IS STATE V.
I (Da, 1 impression; Ha) A night scene of the Thames with Battersea Bridge in the distance, in the foreground a sailboat with hoisted sail. The work has been coarsely etched in, and the muddy bank is not yet clearly distinguishable from the river. The moon is barely indicated. With the inscription Zinc. A Monsieur Victor Schoelcher - 1868 (E, l.l.) and S. Haden (E, l.r.).
II (Db, 1 impression; Hb) The moon has been drawn with drypoint and the sail is shaded by light drypoint vertical lines.
III (Hc). The upper cloud on the left is shaded; the shading on the hoisted sail redrawn with drypoint and the bur is heavy. The reflections of the vessels on the right are shaded with horizontal strokes.
IV (D1, H1). A few drypoint lines of shading are added to the left of the signature. Light additional drypoint work in the sky.
V (D2, H2). Additional drypoint work on the hoisted sail makes it darker. The shading on the cloud, added in III, removed. The lowest shadows of the boats have also been removed. The lower half of the reflection of the moon in the water has been removed and the bur on the shadows below the figures in the boat at the right has either worn or was burnished.
In state VI the plate was reduced to 80 x 180 mm., thus removing the inscriptions and a portion of the sky. At state VII the plate was cancelled.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 257.

Inscription

In plate: l.l. Zinc. A Monsieur Victor Schoelcher - 1868; l.r. S. Haden; on sheet: in graphite, l.r. Seymour Haden

Signed

In plate: l.l. Zinc. A Monsieur Victor Schoelcher - 1868; l.r. S. Haden; on sheet: in graphite, l.r. Seymour Haden

Provenance

PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 7/121/1935

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson