Horsley's House at Willesley


This is a drypoint etching from 1865. Catalog: Schneiderman 89. State I/II. The scene is of Willesley, the country home of his sister Rosamund and her husband John Calcott Horsley, in Cranbrook, Kent. The plate measures 7 x 9 7/8 inches on 10 1/2 x 13 1/8 inch watermarked laid paper. Pencil signed in the lower right. A well inked impression with a rich drypoint burr. Sir Francis Seymour Haden was one of the most important British etchers of the 19th century, along with his brother in law James Whistler. In addition to being a highly regarded artist he was a successful surgeon, accomplished author and dedicated angler. He was a founder and the first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and was knighted in 1894.