- Also known as
primary name: Haghe, Louis
- individual; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Belgian; Male
- Life dates
- Lithographer and watercolourist; born in Tounai, Belgium and was a pupil of Jan de Jonghe (q.v.) and Chevalier de la Barrière from whom he learned lithography and painting in watercolours; moved to London in 1823 to work for the London publisher William Day; though there seemed to be no formal partnership the input of Haghe was such that from about 1833 the firm traded as Day & Haghe (q.v.); Haghe was appointed 'draughtsman to his Majesty [King William IV]', and continued with the accession of Queen Victoria; Haghe was responsible for the set of prints after David Roberts' mammoth record of topographical views of the Middle East, 'Sketches in the Holy Land, Syria and Egypt' 1842-9), the two became good friends and Charles Dickins found them painting together in Rome in 1853; Haghe issued sets of his own prints with 'Portfolio of Sketches in Belgium and Germany' (1840-50) and 'Views of Santa Sophia (1852); Haghe also began to build a new career as a watercolourist, submitting his first work to the New Watercolour Society [later Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI)] in 1835, which he helped found in 1832 and continued to exhibit there for the next 49 years until a year before his death (over 200 works), eventually becoming its President by 1873; he seldom worked in oil and his favourite subjects were episodes from the lives of celebrated past painters and Flemish flavoured town-hall and church interiors; brother of Charles Haghe (q.v.) who took over his work for Day & Co when Haghe abandoned printmaking completely in 1852.
His work is in the Tate, Royal Collection (largest holdings of watercolours), AGNSW, Sydney, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Manchester City Art Gallery, Newport Museum and Art Gallery.
- 'British Artist: Their Character and Style, with engraved illustrations: Louis Haghe', 'Art-Journal (January 1859), pp.13-15; Delia Millar, 'The Victorian Watercolours and Drawings in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London 1995; Donato Esposito, 'Viewers of Art in the Work of Haghe, Alma-Tadema and Lomax', Unpublished MA thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (1999) [includes a list of his exhibited work at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours etc];R K Engen, 'Dictionary of Victorian Engravers, Print Publishers and Their Works', 1979