December / 1877

Farrer, Henry
American Etching Revival
Late 19th Century


Etching, 1877

Warm black ink on ivory paper

Plate signed

Image: 6 ¾” x 4 ⅜”

Sheet: 11 ½” x 6 ½”

Very good condition

Held in collections including:

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • University of Iowa Museum of Art

Out of stock


Henry Farrer (English-born American, 1844–1903) came to the US as a young man. He built his own etching press and made his first etching in 1868. A self-taught artist, Farrer first aligned himself with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He then moved toward the tonalist style, making watercolors and etchings depicting quiet waterside or wooded settings, rich in mood and atmosphere. Farrer helped to found the New York Etching Club, a major force in the American etching revival. He was also a co-founder of the American Watercolor society.

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