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Etching - The Lonely Tower
  • The Lonely Tower
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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The Lonely Tower

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print with white heightening on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.457-1953

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 11, box A

Physical description

Etching of a night scene: two shepherds guarding sheep gaze at a tower standing high on a distant hill, which has a solitary lit window. Starlight and radiance from a crescent moon low on the horizon illuminate the landscape and its human and animal occupants.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1879 (made)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print with white heightening on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sam. Palmer'
Signed

'3rd P. For touching Canvas only think of angle Private Press'
Inscribed in pencil

'Marden Ash Gilbert'
Inscribed on the back

'Third working proof, touched, with notes on margin by Saml. Palmer'
Inscribed on the mount

Dimensions

Height: 19.1 cm Plate, Width: 25.4 cm Plate

Object history note

From 'Il Penseroso' by John Milton. This etching was formerly in the collection of Sir Frank Short, R. A., P.R.E., R.I.

Descriptive line

Samuel Palmer. 'The Lonely Tower'. Two shepherds guarding sheep gaze at a tower standing high on a distant hill. England, 1879.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings & Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other Disciples of William Blake October 20 - December 31, 1926. London : Published under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926. Publication No. 178 E.I.D.
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings & Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other Disciples of William Blake October 20 - December 31, 1926. London : Published under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926. Publication No. 178 E.I.D. pp.83-84.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963

Production Note

Attribution note: Second state, touched proof.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper; Opaque white pigment

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Towers; Night scenes; Shepherds; Moon; Sheep

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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