Shere Mill Pond

Seymour Haden (1818-1910), Shere Mill Pond II (Large Plate), etching and drypoint, 1860, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower right]. Schneiderman 37, sixth state (of 9). In good condition (skillfully repaired hole in the sky upper left) with margins, on a cream/ivory laid paper,  7 x 13 1/2, the sheet 8 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches.

A very good impression, with rich burr in the reeds toward the right.

Provenance: Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, NY.

Illustrated: Guichard, British Etchers, 1850-1940; Keppel, The Golden Age of Engraving; Print Collector’s Quarterly 1 (1911): 1; Guichard, British Etchers, 1850-1940.

Keppel appended to his label the following quotation of not-so-faint praise from P.G. Hamerton, Etching and Etchers, p. 305: “With the single exception of one plate by Claude [Lorrain], this is the finest etching of a landscape subject that has ever been executed in the world.”  Praise a bit too lavish to be sure, but Shere Mill Pond II was one of the early highlights of the British Etching Revival.