Axel Herman Haig was born on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. He left Sweden for England to study naval architecture, but after a period of time became interested in the architecture of buildings. In 1875 he traveled throughout Europe sketching the local scenery and subjects as accurately as possible. He was mainly self-taught as an etcher and did not begin etching until 1870. His first exhibition of etchings was in 1880 and came from his early drawings of Gothic church architecture and other scenes of Europe. In England, with Francis Seymour Haden and others, he helped found the Royal Academy of Painters-Etchers and Engravers. Known for his superb draftsmanship, Haig, composed over 400 etchings which are in institutional and private collections throughout the world.
Reference: Axel Herman Haig and His Work, E.A. Armstrong, 1905.
Axel Herman Haig Swedish (1835-1921) In the Aisles, Amiens Cathedral 10-7/8 x 13-7/8 in.
Etching, 1897. Initialed, dated, and titled in the plate; signed in pencil. Published by Robert Dunthorne, London, 1897. Number 124, p.142, Axel Herman Haig and His Work, E.A. Armstrong, London, 1905.
Axel Herman Haig Swedish (1835-1921) Washerwomen at Chartres 10 x 7 in.
Etching, 1887. Signed in pencil. Commissioned for subscribers to “The Artist’s Benevolent Fund.” Number 59, p.107, Axel Herman Haig and His Work, E.A. Armstrong, London, 1905. Framed in a rosewood molding.