Haig, Axel Herman "Monreal Cathedral"

Haig, Axel Herman "Monreal Cathedral"

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Axel Herman Haig. (1835-1921) "Monreal Cathedral".

1907. 27 x 18. CL212. Etching. Signed in pencil. Very good condition. Ref: Axel Haig and the Victorian Vision of the Middle Ages by J. Mordaunt Crook & C.A. Lennot-Boyd, 1984.

Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921) was born in Sweden. In 1875 Haig traveled to Sicily, Italy, and Germany to sketch the local scenery. Many of his etchings came from these early drawings. Haig did not begin etching until 1870 and he was for the most part a self-taught printmaker. The first exhibition of his etchings was in 1880, when his work was praised by many. It was in this same year that Haig, along with Francis Seymour Haden and others, founded the Royal Academy of Painters-Etchers and Engravers. Haig always distinguished between architectural drawings and drawings of architecture. In all of his etchings, Haig's objective was to incorporate a balance between a romantic and a dramatic effect, but also to depict his subject as accurately as possible.

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