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Print - The Morning of Life
  • The Morning of Life
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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The Morning of Life

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, etched)

  • Date:

    1860 - 1861 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.642-1920

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Etching of a woodland scene in a Classical idiom: sunlight shines through the trees, illuminating two boys gathering fallen apples on a river-bank. In the shadows, sturdy shepherds wash sheep in the river, and a ram is being dragged towards the river by two cherubic boys.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)

Date

1860 - 1861 (etched)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)
Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'S. Palmer'
Signed.

'Samuel Palmer, unfinished 1869'
Inscribed in pencil.

Dimensions

Height: 18.1 cm, Width: 25.2 cm, Height: 13.6 cm Etched surface, Width: 20.8 cm Etched surface

Object history note

The final state of the plate was published in Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club, 1872, plate 13. There were several titles given to this plate at various stages: 'Hercules and Cacus', 'Sheep-washing' and 'A Leafy Dell'.
Plate destroyed.

Descriptive line

'The Morning of Life'. Woodland scene in a Classical idiom, featuring two boys gathering fallen apples on a river-bank. Etching print (proof) by Samuel Palmer. Etching started 1860-61.

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.80-82.

Production Note

Etching started 1860-61.

Attribution note: Trial proof

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Shepherds; Sheep; Boys; Rivers; Apples; Pastoral; Trees; Woodlands; Ram

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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