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Etching - The Willow

The Willow

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, etched)

  • Date:

    1850 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.84-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf SH1, box EE197

Physical description

A willow tree (filling almost the entire composition) growing out over a stream, above wading cattle and a swan.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)

Date

1850 (etched)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print

Dimensions

Height: 3 3/4 in, Width: 2 5/8 mm

Object history note

In the first state, there is a white streak across the sky, running from the edge of the plate to the tree, 2 mm. above the cumulus cloud on the left. This is filled up in the later state. In the later state also, there are a few more lines of shading in the upper part of the sky to the right.

A. H. Palmer explained that:
'It should be noted that the tree in this etching was practically copied from a careful water-colour study made from nature, and of a much larger size. Such a proceeding was very rare in any of Palmer's work. In this case, it may have been due, partly to a feeling of timidity in a new process, or, partly to a prudent wish not to endanger his election by anything too characteristic or ambitious.'
[Taken from: 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. p.56]

Descriptive line

'The Willow'. A willow tree growing out across a stream. Etching print by Samuel Palmer, England, 1850.

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.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Swan; Willow tree; Pastoral; Stream; Rural scenes; Cattle

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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