Mike and Misha Herwin
HERBERT DICKSEE CATALOGUE
For a long time, I have felt that it would be useful to have a catalogue of his etchings and prints and I finally got round to building one up myself. To make it more usable and flexible enough to be capable of expansion, I have worked on the following principles.
first digit indicates the main category:-
The second two digits indicate either the breed or species. 00 is used if
there is no need for a subcategory.
After the subcategory the pictures are given two digit numbers as identifiers.
Information on each will be, where I have it available, Size, Number if print
was limited edition, publisher, year first published, a brief description and,
in some cases, a thumbnail photograph.
I will not include any information on modern re-strikes, as these do not come under a collectorís definition of "Fine Art". Many are available and can be pleasing decoration; I own a couple myself but most are inaccurately and luridly coloured and often wrongly described as to breed. My pet beef is the number of Irish Wolfhound owners who claim Dicksee's deerhounds as their own. Dicksee owned and drew deerhounds. Even worse are some of the so called art dealers, who go along with this and sell the work as an Irish Wolfhound, because they can make more money, by so doing. However the worst example is the print of the Cocker Spaniel head (HD10501), which has been coloured in brown, by some vandal, on the dark parts of the print and offered for sale as an English Springer. Buyers also have to be wary of the ignorance or culpability of some of the re-strike companies who, on occasions, ascribe works that have no connection with Herbert Dicksee. Two examples that I have found recently have been "Enforced Abstinence", two lions eying up a crocodile in their watering place, which was engraved by Wallace Hester from an original by W. Austin and "Scottie and Khaki", two terriers engraved by S.C. Pratt from an original by Margaret Collyer. The printer of the re-strikes has now corrected these wrong attributions on his web site, but they may still be found further down the sales chain.
Please remember that this is a work in progress and I will be glad to correct any inaccuracies, add any missing information that I am sent. I would especially welcome any photographs that are missing or where the images shown in the catalogue are not up to standard. I can scan and include in the on-line or CD Rom version. The CD Rom is not yet available. I would like more information, before I burn the CD.
Please send any information to firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that you will find this useful.