black ink on off-white paper; grasses in groups along edge of water across middle of image; behind grasses, dark groups of trees horizontal along image; reflections of grasses and trees in water, mostly indicated by horizontal lines; two pointed-roof houses at center of image; three or four buildings are left edge; pointed roof (?) to left of center; small outline of chimney or building in background to left of center; flying bird in grasses at right edge; lines darker on right side of image

Shere Mill Pond II, 1860

Etching and drypointexpand_more

Gift of John and Laura Taftexpand_more  2018.128.2

Not on Viewexpand_more

A mill was recorded in this area in the Domesday Book in 1086. At that time, the mill was used to wash woolen cloth. In more recent times the waterpower was used for sawing lumber. More than twenty years after etching this plate, Francis Seymour Haden recorded his thoughts about the work and its fate. He said that the detail would be impossible for him at his more advanced age. He knew it would always be among his most popular etchings, though he thought that several others from his later in his career were better artistically. We learn from his printer, Frederick Goulding, that in 1880, Haden wanted to alter or strengthen the image; so, he re-bit the plate—re-exposed it to acid. Together the men spent a snowy day printing new impressions. Dissatisfied with the result, Haden destroyed the day’s prints and the plate.

Details
Title
Shere Mill Pond II
Artist Life
British, 1818–1910
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.128.2
Provenance
Robert Taft (1889-1953, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.); by descent to John Taft, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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black ink on off-white paper; grasses in groups along edge of water across middle of image; behind grasses, dark groups of trees horizontal along image; reflections of grasses and trees in water, mostly indicated by horizontal lines; two pointed-roof houses at center of image; three or four buildings are left edge; pointed roof (?) to left of center; small outline of chimney or building in background to left of center; flying bird in grasses at right edge; lines darker on right side of image