Divergent Paths, 1877

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Seymour Haden worked and reworked this drypoint, "Divergent Paths," creating five different states or versions of this landscape (see also Mia P.3,924 and P.3,925). This is a rare first state, one of only two known (the other in a private collection), printed before the artist added trees and a pond to the composition. Both first states were printed on old paper Haden extracted from a book, each sheet stamped with the same official "GEN. DE PARIS" stamp, here to the left of the platemark, as well as a similar pen annotation found at the upper corner which was made by an unidentified former owner. This rare trial proof comes from the collection of the Haden scholar and collector, Sir W.R. Drake (1817-1890), whose collector's stamp, a armorial with a dragon, appears in the lower right corner of the sheet.

We are grateful Antoine Rouillé d'Orfeuil for clarifying the states of "Divergent Paths" in Mia's collection.

Divergent Paths
Artist Life
British, 1818–1910
Accession Number
Sir W.R. Drake, Lugt 2743 (1817-1890), London and Oatlands Lodge, Weybridge, Surrey ('his sale, Christie's, London, March 8-9, 1892). [Frederick Keppel, New York, stock number A32938]; William M. Ladd Collection (until 1916; sold to Jones); Herschel V. Jones, Minneapolis (1916, given to Mia)
Catalogue Raisonne
-Schneiderman 1983, 151.i/v -Harrington 1910, 162 (trial A)
Curator Approved

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