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

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

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

William Vaughan, Elizabeth E Barker and Colin Harrison, Samuel Palmer 1805-1881. Vision and Landscape, London, 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