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Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921) - Early 20th Century Etching, French Street Scene

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A very fine early 20th century etching by the artist Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921). This street scene captures a nun, children and other figures on narrow stone steps with the spires of a cathedral in the distance. The setting depicted is likely in France, with overgrown ancient buildings and medieval architecture. Signed in the plate, to the lower right corner. Signed in the plate. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and surface dirt. The mount has a slightly torn lower edge, as shown.


17.7 x 11.8cm (7" x 4.6")
Sheet: 37.6 x 30.3cm (14.8" x 11.9")

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Artist Biography

Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921) was a painter, etcher, illustrator and architect born in Katthamra on the island of Gotland, Sweden. After studying naval architecture and shipbuilding in Karlskrona, in 1856 he moved to Glasgow, Scotland to continue his training. He subsequently moved to London, where he remained for a number of years before settling in Haslemere, Surrey. Haig was elected RE in 1881 and also showed at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dowdeswells, Dudley Gallery, Fine Art Society, Walker Art Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. However, he continued to pay regular visits to Sweden and was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy.

In total, Axel Haig produced more than four hundred etchings, the majority depicting castles, towers and cathedrals in both England and on the Continent. The Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, both hold examples of his etched work. Haig died in Southsea, Hampshire.

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Code pm371
Artist Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 17.7 x 11.8cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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