Seymour Standing Under a Tree. 1858-59. Etching. Kennedy 31.ii/iii; Glasgow 30.ii/iii. 5 3/16 x 3 3/4 (sheet 11 3/4 x 8). Glasgow records 28 known impressions. A fine impression printed on fine cream laid paper, with wide margins and deckle edges on 3 sides. Signed in the plate. $2,500.
Seymour Standing Under a Tree is a portrait of Francis Seymour Haden, Jr. (born 1850), the elder son of Whistler's half-sister, Deborah Delano (nicknamed Dasha. Anne Harriet Haden, known as Annie (born 1848), was also the subject of Whistler etchings: Annie (Kennedy 10) and Annie Seaated (Kennedy 30).
After seeing two of his 'French Set' etchings exhibited at the Paris Salon, Whistler returned to London in May 1859 in time to see two of the etchings exhibited at the Royal Academy exhibition. Over the summer he worked with Haden again, and this print of Whistler's nephew was made on a trip to Kensington Gardens with etching materials. Haden etched his own view of the park at the same time, and collaborated with Whistler on another. Whistler followed etched other views in and around the leafier parts of London, often with one of his artist friends or relatives in view: Landscape with Horse, Nursemaid and Child, The Punt and The Thames (Sketching No.1.
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