12.5 x 10.3cm platemark; 36.5 x 26.5cm sheet
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.
'Diverse, individual and imaginative' by Peter Raissis, pg.24-27, Look Jul 2009, Jul 2009, 26, 27 (illus.).
William Vaughan (Author), Samuel Palmer: Vision and Landscape, 2005. no. 133
Raymond Lister (Author), Catalogue raisonné of the works of Samuel Palmer, 1988. no. E6
Raymond Lister (Author), Samuel Palmer and his Etchings, 1969. no. 6
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009.