The Towing Path

La Promenade au Bord de l'Eau

Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818–1910)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harrington (1910) 75; Schneiderman (1983) 72, VI


Platemark: 13.8 × 21.3 cm (5 7/16 × 8 3/8 in.) Sheet: 16.4 × 24 cm (6 7/16 × 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and drypoint on copper (Hughes and Kimber Manuf.)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This print repeats the composition of Boyle’s Farm (No. 71).
“Mr. Haden always thought this one of his best plates, an opinion, however, in which he has stood, he is bound to say pretty much alone. Whether it is the lady or the dog he knows not but it has never been a favourite. The plate is still in existence and he will one day print it without these accessories and then see how it will be.”
In a letter dated February 18, 1900, Goulding states: “The proof of ‘The Towing Path’ (without the figure), which you sent me, is evidently a proof taken by myself. If for no other reason I think I could recognize it by the rag scratch across the water. Some of the etchers used to say I was a good one at putting scratches on the plate. I can remember printing a few of this plate in Sloane Street. I should guess the date 1871 or 1872.”
The reworking of the plate resumed after 1900 and in a letter of July 10, 1901, Haden wrote to Goulding to “steel-face it as it is before proving it, which will enable you to wipe it freely and sharply and without retrousage, which I think it will require, the work on it being strong and decisive as to its planes. The paper should be quiet in tone but not too white, and you may try the plate in various ways and inks.”
VI (De, 1 impression; H 1). Many of the reflections in the water behind the lady reduced and new reflections added and strengthened at the left and center. Also new work in the sky. Additional work at background center, all trees on the right are lightly shaded, and the dog’s leash is clearly indicated. With the additional inscription Hampton Court (D, l.l.).
Schneiderman (1983) p. 178-181.


In plate l.l. Hampton Court; u.r. Seymour Haden 1864


In plate u.r. Seymour Haden 1864; On sheet l.r. in graphite Seymour Haden


PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 5/1/1917[exact to month]

Credit Line

Gift of William Maurice Bullivant