Windsor by Francis Seymour Haden

Windsor by Francis Seymour Haden

Windsor

Francis Seymour Haden

Title

Windsor

 
Artist
Year
1878  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
13 x 17 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right; signed in plate, lower left 
Edition Size
50 impressions, in this state 
Annotations
dated in plate after signature; Roman numerals in plate, lower left: "VIII" (this does not correlate with the state; purpose unknown). Not noted in Schneiderman. 
Reference
Harrington 199 iv/iv; Schneiderman 186 xii/xii 
Paper
thick antique-white wove 
State
xii/xii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22082 
Price
$450.00 
Description
Etched toward the end of Haden's career, this large etching was done in 1878 in twelve states. It was based on a graphite drawing that Haden had done, on which he commented (in graphite): "Done on a railway bridge in bodily fear of train." (None came). Cataloger Richard Schneiderman notes in the raisonnĂ© of Haden's prints: "A creek banked with trees and shrubs, used by the Eton boys for swimming, leads into the Thames at Windsor; the tower and older parts of the castle in the left distance." Windsor Castle was built in the 11th century in the English county of Berkshire and has been occupied by British royalty since that time, starting with Henry I. Originally designed to protect the Norman dominance around the outskirts of London and oversee a strategically important part of the River Thames. Windsor Castle was built as a motte-and-bailey, with three wards surrounding a central mound.