Portrait of Sir Francis Seymour Haden

William Strang, 1883

WAG 8137

About this object

While training as surgeon in Paris, Haden was encouraged to study life drawing to familiarise himself with the human body and to steady his hands for surgery. He encouraged Whistler to work from nature. This prompted Whistler’s first set of etchings Douze Eaux-Fortes d'après Nature (Twelve Etchings from Nature) in 1858, more commonly know as the French Set. Whistler dedicated these to Haden. Haden had such enthusiasm for working from nature that he would pull a copper plate from his bag at dinner parties and begin etching at the table.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Strang (British, born:1859-02-13, died:1921-04-12)
  • Date
    1883
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 25.3 cm x 17.3 cm
  • Physical description
    Shoulder-lenght portrait of an older gentleman wearing a collared shirt and turned slightly to the left.
  • Related people
    Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Sitter); William Strang (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8137; Accession Number: WAG 8137
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1971
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 15, Whistler & Pennell: Etching the City Exhibition
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: ON PLATE: W. STRANG 83; IN PENCIL: Wm. STRANG
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Object view = Fine Art
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