Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)
Harrington (1910) 49; Schneiderman (1983) 46B, II
Platemark: 15.1 × 13.9 cm (5 15/16 × 5 1/2 in.) Sheet: 25 × 15.4 cm (9 13/16 × 6 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Etching with drypoint (?)
Not On View
This plate and Dundrum River (No. 46B) were originally one (see MFA: M27727; M27728), and as a composition the intact plate was preceded by the watercolor The Dundrum River (BMPD). The view is part of the estate of the Viscount of Hawarden seen from the east bank of the Dundrum or Multeen River.
There are no extant impressions before division though CMA, DAC (annotated “F. Seymour Haden fy. - Mr. F. Goulding with thanks for excellent printing”), MMA, Orc, and SCMA have the two trimmed and mounted very closely. Drake and Harrington state that there are one or two examples of the two plates being printed together on a single sheet of paper, but the example in AP is the only one known.
Goulding writes of the printing of The Two Asses and Dundrum River: “In December of this year  I commenced the printing of two etchings by Seymour Haden which he used for illustrating an article in the Fine Arts Quarterly Review, published in 1867; and this was really the commencement of my printing his etchings. I see by my books that two thousand of each plate were printed, and I wonder what became of them all. I do not think that very many were ever issued. They were printed at the Firm of Day and Son where I was still at work. The plates were really one large plate cut in two, one being titled “A River’s Bank,” the other “The Two Donkeys.” I never saw a proof of the uncut plate, but I have proof of the two plates printed together, on which Haden wrote - “To F. Goulding, with thanks for excellent printing” - and I have prized this proof ever since.”
Schneiderman (1983) p. 129
Printed by F. Goulding for publication in the Fine Arts Quarterly Review, new series, II (1867), 167. Additional work on the flat portion of the bank and corresponding reflection. The inscription of state I is wearing, and usually impressions have been cosmetically printed so that the insciption is not visible.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 129.
PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 4/1/1918 [exact to month] Acquired from Goodspeed Bookshop in exchange for duplicate.