Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Etching

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, etched)
    England (published)

  • Date:

    1852 (etched)
    1853 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.686-1912

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 131, box D

Physical description

Illustration from 'Songs of Shakespeare'. On same sheet as Circ.680-1912.
Tall portrait-format plate with a rectagular image at the top (Circ.680-1912) and an oval cartouche at the bottom (Circ.696-1912), both depicting cherubs gathering grapes in a forest and the upper image with a radiant silhouette of Bacchus. Title at the top of the sheet, six lines of Shakespeare’s song in the centre, and 'Samuel Palmer', in small capitals, under each subject.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)
England (published)

Date

1852 (etched)
1853 (published)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print

Marks and inscriptions

'SAMUEL PALMER'
Central, beneath each subject.

'COME, THOU MONARCH OF THE VINE, /
PLUMP BACCHUS, WITH PINK EYNE: /
IN THY VATS OUR CARES BE DROWN'D; /
WITH THY GRAPES OUR HAIRS BE CROWN'D; /
CUP US, TILL THE WORLD GO ROUND; /
CUP US, TILL THE WORLD GO ROUND!'
Lettered centre of sheet between the two illustrations.

Dimensions

Height: 37.2 cm sheet, Width: 26.5 - 26.7 cm sheet

Object history note

The lyrics printed are from the song in Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' Act II, Scene 7.

Plate destroyed.

Descriptive line

'The Vine' (also known as 'Plumpy Bacchus'), one of two illustrations on one sheet, accompanying lyrics from Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Etching by Samuel Palmer ca.1843. First published in 'Songs and Ballads of Shakespeare Illustrated by the Etching Club', England, 1853.

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.

Production Note

First published in 'Songs and Ballads of Shakespeare Illustrated by the Etching Club', 1853.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Putti; Cartouche; Grapes; Forest

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Shakespeare

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.