Requires Photography

The Boat House

[1874 and later]
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harrington (1910) 156, First; Schneiderman (1983) 146, III


Platemark: 18.5 × 32.6 cm (7 5/16 × 12 13/16 in.) Sheet: 26.8 × 43.3 cm (10 9/16 × 17 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching on zinc

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This plate was further reduced and divided after printing to produce THE BOAT HOUSE (THE REDUCED PLATE) (No. 146A) and THE BOAT HOUSE, A FRAGMENT (No. 146B).
“This plate was done at Purfleet (vide [D] 122) [The Inn, Purfleet, Mo. 127 here] a place to which I often resort for an afternoon of fresh semi-sea air. On no occasion that I recollect have I ever been there without seeing the white horse which appears in the etching and which I understand is an old pensioner of Mr. Whitebreads, who lived hard by.”
I (Da, 1 impression; Ha). A white horse stands before a boathouse on the Thames. Only a few coarse lines in the sky and there is extensive foul-biting. With the signature Seymour Haden (E, location unknown).
II (Db, 2 impressions; Hb). The plate reduced to 187 x 327 mm.
III (H1). A duck’s head and breast inserted into the immediate foreground. The lower part of the sky is heavily shaded with oblique lines. THIS IS THE MFA’S STATE.
Schneiderman (1983) p. 297.


On sheet in graphite: l.r. Seymour Haden


PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 7/11/1935

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson