Haden, Francis Seymour

BORN 16 Sep 1818, London: 62 Sloane Street - DIED 10 Jun 1910, Woodcote Manor
GRAVE LOCATION Brookwood, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (Plot 033)

Son of doctor and music lover Charles Thomas Haden. He was educated in London and in Paris, where he took a degree in 1840. In 1842 he became a member of the College of Surgeons in London.

As a surgeon, Francis Seymour Haden ran a large practice London, first in Sloan Street and later in Hertford Street, Mayfair. As an etcher he mostly created landscapes.

In 1847 he married Deborah Whistler, the half-sister of the artist Whistler. They had three sons and a daughter. Around 1855 he collaborated with Whistler on a series of etchings of the Thames, but Whistler was jealous of Haden and in 1867 they had a fight in a café in Paris and Whistler pushed him through a glass plate. They never spoke to each other afterwards.

Haden became a member of the Institut de France, the Académie des Beaux-Arts and the Société des Artistes Français. In 1894 he was knighted. He was a dominant man and his marriage with Deborah wasn't always easy.

From 1888 onwards he resided at Woodcote Manor, an old Elizabethan house. He died there aged 91 in 1910 and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery. Deborah died two years earlier but it's unclear if she's buried in the same grave.

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• quarreled with Whistler, James MacNeill


The grave of Francis Seymour Haden at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)


• Clarke, John M., London's Necropolis, A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004
Francis Seymour Haden - Wikipedia
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Haeussermann, Ernst

Published: 15 Nov 2009
Last update: 20 Feb 2022