Auguste Barry (France, 1836-1886), 1880 CE after Francis Seymour Haden (British, 1818-1910), "Breaking Up of the Agamemnon." 1870 CE. Etching. Signed and dated by both Barry and Haden in lower left, in the plate. Early in 1870, P.G. Hamerton asked Sir Francis Seymour Haden to etch a plate for his art magazine entitled, "The Portfolio". Haden proposed a depiction of Agamemnon - the last surviving wooden-hulled battle ship of the British navy - being dismantled and moored to a buoy in the Thames opposite Greenwich. Contemporary accounts confirm that the etching was a success - both critically and commercially. Haden also created a second version in mezzotint, and there are at least three known etchings in which Haden depicted the "breaking-up "of ships. Size: image measures 7.625" L x 16.125" W (19.4 cm x 41 cm); sheet measures 13.25" L x 20.75" W (33.7 cm x 52.7 cm); 14.5" L x 22" W (36.8 cm x 55.9 cm) in matt/portfolio
Born in Chelsea in London, England in 1818, Sir Francis Seymour Haden was an amateur printmaker. A professional surgeon, he enjoyed etching as a hobby; however, his technique was very sophisticated and highly respected for its artistic merits. He founded the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and devoted himself to building respect for this medium in England, France, and the United States. He worked very closely with his brother-in-law, the famous American artist James Abbot McNeil Whistler; however, their relationship dissolved as their aesthetic styles took divergent paths. Haden is best known for his romantic, serene landscapes in either pure etching or etching and mezzotint. Auguste Barry was trained as a marble cutter; however, when granite became overwhelmingly popular for inscriptions, he elected to turn his attentions to etching which he actively practiced for fourteen years until his death. Barry was admired for his ability to render the works of other artists, and his renderings of Seymour Haden, Worlidge, and Cruikshank compositions are greatly admired due to his meticulous detail and accuracy.
Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.