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Hedley Fitton RE (1857-1929) - 1910 Etching, Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

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A drypoint etching with plate tone depicting figures gathered around the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey by the esteemed artist Hedley Fitton RE (1857-1929). Presented glazed in a white mount and a substantial oak frame with a gilt-effect slip. Signed in graphite below the plate line at the lower-right edge. Date taken from an identical impression in the British Museum collection. On laid.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some minor foxing and discolouration, including to the mount. There has been some restoration to stabilise a crack to the frame at the lower edge. Overall well-presented and in very good condition.


37.7 x 47.8cm (14.8" x 18.8")
Framed Size: 72.4 x 83.4cm (28.5" x 32.8")

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Artist Biography

Hedley Fitton RE (1858-1929) was an English etcher and engraver. He is noted for his lively, sensitive depictions of sites visited during his travels. His work is highly sought after and includes a remarkable body of views of Florence, Venice, and London. In 1907 the Societe des Artistes Francais awarded Fitton a gold medal for his work.

Fitton was born in Didsbury, Manchester, and was a pupil at the Warrington School of Art in Cheshire. He lived in Didsbury in the 1890s, working as editor and illustrator for The Daily Chronicle in Manchester, and around 1898 at Shottermill in Surrey. The rest of his life was spent at Haslemere in Surrey. Fitton was familiar with the old windmills on the southeast coast not far from London and produced a popular etching called 'The Two Mills'. His best known works are 'The Pantheon, Rome' and 'The Rose Window, Notre Dame'. His etchings depict many of the venerated landmarks of the time.

His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Royal Watercolour Association, and at the Paris Salon. His work is also held in the permanent collections of several institutions worldwide, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the La Salle University Art Museum, the British Museum, the Kirkcudbright Galleries, the Harvard Art Museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Smart Museum of Art, and the National Museum Wales.


20, Deans Yd, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, SW1P 3PA

More Information
Code qu564
Artist Hedley Fitton RE (1857-1929)
Date 1910
Dimensions 37.7 x 47.8cm
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Interiors
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