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Title

The sleeping shepherd

1857

Artist

Samuel Palmer

England

27 Jan 1805 – 24 May 1881

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Samuel Palmer

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Samuel Palmer

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