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Sunset on the Thames

Coucher de Soleil sur la Tamise

1865 and later
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harrington (1910) 93, Second; Schneiderman (1983) 83, V


Platemark: 13.6 × 21.4 cm (5 3/8 × 8 7/16 in.) Sheet: 18 × 25.1 cm (7 1/16 × 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and drypoint

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The preliminary drawing, in the same direction as the print, in the collection of Alexis Pencovic, San Francisco, California. Like the print, the drawing is annotated “at nat[uram] 1865.”
“The first state [state IV here] is the best and is now very rare.”
I (Da, 1 impression, Ha). The river landscape is lightly etched in, but there are clouds above and to the left of the sun which partially covers it with a few emanating rays. With the inscription Seymour Haden at nat. 1865 (E, l.r.)
IV (D1, H1). Published in Études à l’Eau-forte (No. V). Additional work on the distant shoreline, buildings, water (which makes it darker) and sky - the two rays on the left have a wide interval between them.
V (D2, H2). Published in Études à l’Eau-forte (No. V). Additional drypoint work which fills in the interval between the two rays on the left, rays on the right shaded with oblique lines and additional stratus above the sun between strong rays. A vertical dotted line rises to the upper part of the center of plate. The reflections of the barge and the foreground ripples are strengthened by drypoint work. A boy swimming on the right has been drawn in drypoint, but this quickly wore. Some of the impressions are very dramatic because of ink hand-painted on the plate.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 199.


In plate l.r. Seymour Haden at nat 1865


In plate l.r. Seymour Haden at nat 1865


PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 4/18/1935 [Exact to day]
Brought to MFA summer of 1951

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick L. Jack