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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    third quarter 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donaldson (maker)
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (user)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, metal alloy and steel.

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Miss Dorothea Short

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case 19, shelf DR 13

Physical description

Etching tool with long four sided blade and wooden handle.

Place of Origin

Britain (possibly, made)


third quarter 19th century (made)


Donaldson (maker)
Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (user)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, metal alloy and steel.

Marks and inscriptions

Samuel / Palmer
Inscribed (in etching) on ferrule (possibly in Palmer's own hand)

Samuel Palmer's burin / Given to me by Martin Hardie - 1937 / ROBERT AUSTIN
Inscribed on steel point in another hand.

Object history note

In 1850, at the age of forty-five, Samuel Palmer took up etching. The artist's son, A. H. Palmer, gave the tools to three people: Sir Frank Short, Martin Hardie, and F.L. Griggs. Hardie and Short each donated two of Palmer's etching tools to the V&A museum. In a note sent to Martin Hardie in 1923 A. H. Palmer recalled that the tools with 'German silver fittings were made by one Donaldson, in industrious, between bibulous, intervals - a noted man at his craft'.

Descriptive line

Possibly made by Donaldson. Long burin used by Samuel Palmer, third quarter 19th century

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

Vaughan, William, Elizabeth E. Barker and Colin Harrison, eds. Samuel Palmer 1805-1881: Vision and Landscape. London: The British Museum Press, 2005. 256 p., ill. (chiefly col.). Catalogue of the exhibition held at the British Museum, 12 October 2005 – 22 January 2006. ISBN 0714126411. Cat. no. 127c, p.205, illus. p. 206.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963


Wood; Alloy; Steel




Tools & Equipment; Printmaking techniques; Metalwork


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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