The sleeping shepherd
1805 - 1881
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.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009
Referenced in 4 publications
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