About this object

One of Haden’s largest works, this is his most ambitious and important subject. The Agamemnon was the last surviving wooden-hulled battle ship in the British navy. She is shown being dismantled near Greenwich. Haden believed that an etching should be made from nature, although it would be difficult to carry a plate of this size. He told Pennell it was made in two afternoons on the spot. Pennell was dubious after seeing early unsuccessful proofs of the same subject which must have been extensively re-worked in the studio to achieve this high finish.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Sir Francis Seymour Haden (British: English, born:1818-09-16, died:1910-06-01)
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  • Materials
    Ink; Paper; Etching; Dry point
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 19.7 cm x 41.2 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a large ship slightly to the right of the composition surrounded by various smaller vessels on the river. Buildings are visible in the distance at far left.
  • Related people
    Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Artist/maker) ; James Smith (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1609; Accession Number: WAG 1609
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: BREAKING UP THE AGAMEMNON
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  • Inscription text: SEYMOUR HADEN (in pencil); SEYMOUR HADEN 1870 (on plate, bottom right)
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Object view = Fine Art
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