Combe Bottom


Seymour Haden (1818-1910), Combe Bottom, etching and drypoint, 1860, signed in pencil lower right margin [also signed in the plate lower left and annotated “Shere”]. Reference: Schneiderman 32, tenth state (of 16). In very good condition, printed in black ink on ivory laid paper, with margins, 4 1/2 x 5 15/16, the sheet 6 x 8 inches, window mat.

Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crossett, with their stamp verso (not yet in Lugt).  A substantial part of Crossett’s distinguished and large print collection is now part of the Mead Museum collection at Amherst College.

A fine fresh impression. In this state Haden has added the wonderful light touch of long shadows to the left of the rabbits.

Combe Bottom is in Shere, Surrey; this is still a scenic area of great recreational and scientific interest.

Sir Seymour Haden was a surgeon who became one of the leading printmakers of the 19th Century. Combe Bottom was created during his best creative period, shortly after he began working with his brother-in-law James Whistler.

The New York Times notes, in an article on a 1911 sale of Haden prints, that Combe Bottom sold for $220.