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An image of The sleeping shepherd by Samuel Palmer

Samuel Palmer

(England 1805 – 1881)

Title
The sleeping shepherd
Year
1857
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
iv of 4 states
Dimensions

12.5 x 10.3 cm platemark; 36.5 x 26.5 cm sheet

Credit
Purchased 2007
Accession number
221.2007
Location
Not on display
Further information

Palmer turned to etching in 1850 in a deliberate effort to revive the visionary intensity of his youth when he was a disciple of William Blake. His prints evoke an idyllic earthly paradise. In the foreground a shepherd sleeps under an Italianate pergola. There is a flock of sheep and in the distance a ploughman and his oxen work the hillside.

Bibliography (4)

Raymond Lister, Catalogue raisonné of the works of Samuel Palmer, 1988. no. E6

Raymond Lister, Samuel Palmer and his Etchings, 1969. no. 6

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Newtown, Jul 2009, 26, 27 (illus.).

William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer: Vision and Landscape, 2005. no. 133

Exhibition history (1)

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009