Art has been in the Haig genes for a series of generations now stemming from Axel Herman Haig (1835-1921) Rodney’s Great-grandfather a Swedish-born artist and illustrator. His paintings, illustrations and etchings, undertaken for himself and on behalf of many of the foremost architects of the Victorian period made him “the Piranesi of the Gothic Revival.” In total, Axel created over 400 etchings, the majority depicting castles, towers and cathedrals in both England and on the Continent. The Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, London, own a large collection of his etched art.
One particular piece worth noting, in 1882, in the week after Charles Darwin died, his son commissioned Axel to create an etching of Darwin’s study. Axel sat in the study and made a drawing, which he then used to create the copper plate etching.
With this artistic background it is not difficult to understand why the Haigs have continued with a keen interest to dabble in the arts. With particular reference to their daughter Boo Haig who assists them with the running of the gallery whilst also being a practising artist herself.