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Print - The Weary Ploughman
  • The Weary Ploughman
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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The Weary Ploughman

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)

  • Date:

    1858 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Mrs J. Merrick Head

  • Museum number:

    E.1890-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Rural scene showing a herdsman or ploughman driving a pair of oxen homeward on a country lane. The moon is low on the horizon, its light partly obscured by clouds. The roofs of cottages can be seen at the foot of the hillside.

Place of Origin

England (etched)

Date

1858 (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

'Samuel Palmer'
Signed in pencil.

'Trial proof. 2nd state of sky'
Annnotated.

Object history note

Trial proof for printing; but in published state.

''This plate, in common with others of the 1865 series, was supposed to have been destroyed. About ten years afterwards, however, I discovered that it was in existence, and that impressions were about to be sold. On communicating with the secretary of the Etching Club, this was put a stop to, and the plate bought and destroyed.' - A. H. Palmer'

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.63.

Descriptive line

'The Weary Ploughman' (also known as 'The Herdsman'), a rural scene showing a man driving a pair of oxen on a country lane. Etching by Samuel Palmer, England, 1858.

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. pp.76-78.
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.
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

Etching started in 1858.
Final state published by Cundall in A Selection of Etchings by the Etching Club, 1865.

Attribution note: Trial proof for printing; but in published state.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Rural scenes; Night scenes; Moonlight; Cottages; Ploughmen; Oxen; Herdsmen

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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