This is an original pencil signed mezzotint by British artist Sir Francis Seymour Haden. The title is: Breaking up of the Agamemnon No. II. This mezzotint was created in 1880, one of his most popular images, like the earlier etched impression done 10 years earlier in just etched lines. This image is made up of tone as well as lines in the composition... This subject illustrates the last of the wooden hulled warships, The Agamemnon, at the breakers yard . With the setting sun behind it is truly a romantic view of the end of an era of tall wooden ships. The image measures 9 3/4X18 3/8 inches. Pencil signed lower right border, this is the IX/IX state. Printed on a heavy weight wove type paper. A rich dark impression. "The Agamemnon in the process of being dismantled is moored to a buoy in the Thames opposite Greenwich...."
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