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Title

The sleeping shepherd


Artist

Samuel Palmer

England

1805 - 1881


About

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.


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

221.2007


Artist information

Samuel Palmer

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, Jul 2009, 26, 27 (illus.).

William Vaughan, Elizabeth E Barker and Colin Harrison, Samuel Palmer 1805-1881. Vision and Landscape, London, 2005. no. 133