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The Vine

  • Object:


  • 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 on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf B, box 127

Physical description

Tall portrait-format plate with a rectagular image at the top and an oval cartouche at the bottom, both depicting cherubs gathering grapes in a forest and the upper image with a radiant silhouette of Bacchus.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)
England (published)


1852 (etched)
1853 (published)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper


Height: 8.9 cm First image, Width: 12.7 cm First image, Height: 5.7 cm Second image, Width: 12.7 cm Second image

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'), two illustrations on one sheet, accompanying lyrics from Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Etchings by Samuel Palmer ca.1843. 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

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


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Forest; Grapes; Putti; Cartouche


Prints; Illustration; Shakespeare


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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