Axel Herman Haig (Swedish, 1835-1921), "Cefalu Cathedral." 1911. Aquatint. Signed in pencil to lower right just within plate mark. Artist's monogram and 1911 in plate on lower right. A very large and striking image of the interior of Cefalu Cathedral of Sicily, Italy. This cathedral was built in 1131 in a Norman style since the Normans had conquered Sicily in 1091. It has a fortress-like appearance and must have made an impressive declaration of the Norman presence. Here we see the faithful praying beneath a large crucifix suspended above and before an image of Christ Pantocrator in the nave. Size: plate measures 35" L x 23.25" W (88.9 cm x 59.1 cm); sheet measures 28.75" L x 19" W (73 cm x 48.3 cm)
Axel Herman Haig was fascinated with the sea and ships and spent much of his youth sketching seascapes and building model boats. His love of the sea led him to study shipbuilding, but he grew tired of ship design and shifted to architecture. Haig was given the opportunity to design the residence of his employer in Glasgow, who was so pleased with the result that he got Haig a job at a firm that specialized in church design. Later Haig was employed by William Burges, a noted Gothic Revival architect, and he became one of the most noted architectural draughtsmen in Britain.
Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection
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