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The Bellman

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)

  • Date:

    1879 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Mrs J. Merrick Head

  • Museum number:

    E.1894-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3H, shelf 27

Physical description

Etching of a night scene: a bellringer walks through a quiet village as the moon rises. Moonlight outlines the roofs of the houses and the horns of cattle lying in the lee of the hedge.
Jagged outline of crags immediately in front of the moon more sharply defined than in previous states. Slight alterations have been made to the sky in accordance with the touching of working proof 3 (not in the V&A collection).

Place of Origin

England (etched)

Date

1879 (etched)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'S.PALMER. INV. ET. FEC. MEAD VALE. REDHILL 1879'
Signed

'Samuel Palmer'
In pencil.

'A. H. P. Private Press 9,6,79. Proof before Remarque'
Pencilled in lower margin, in the writing of A. H. Palmer.

Dimensions

Height: 19.1 cm plate impression, Width: 25.1 cm plate impression

Object history note

The finished design was reproduced as plate 6 in The Shorter Poems of John Milton with Twelve Illustrations by Samuel Palmer, Painter and Etcher, 1889.

Plate cancelled in 1926.

Descriptive line

'The Bellman', a night scene showing a bellringer walking through a village as the moon rises. Etching by Samuel Palmer, 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.82-83.
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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Production Note

Attribution note: Proof before letters

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Night scenes, Nocturns; Cattle; Moon; Villages; Hedge; Bell-ringer

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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