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Francis Seymour Haden
British, 1818–1910

The Holly Field

Etching, 1860
2 1/8 x 5 in.
Museum purchase, 1923.3091

Sir Francis Seymour Haden was a talented draughtsman who attended a government art school while studying medicine in Paris. He studied etching in particular with the hopes of strengthening his eye-hand coordination and thereby enhancing his surgical skills. Etching and print collecting would become a major pastime during his working life and the joy of his retirement. By the time of his death, Haden had amassed a print collection renowned for its quality (the art of 17th-century Holland was a particular strength), and his printmaking skills were praised throughout Britain, France, and the United States.