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Print - The Lonely Tower
  • The Lonely Tower
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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The Lonely Tower

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)
    England (published)

  • Date:

    1879 (etched)
    1880 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)
    Ansdell, R. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Museum number:

    29325:16

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Etching of a night scene: two shepherds guarding sheep gaze at a tower standing high on a distant hill, which has a solitary lit window. Starlight and radiance from a crescent moon low on the horizon illuminate the landscape and its human and animal occupants.

Place of Origin

England (etched)
England (published)

Date

1879 (etched)
1880 (published)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)
Ansdell, R. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Samuel Palmer'
Signed in pencil.

'16'
Numbered in the lower-left-hand margin.

Dimensions

Height: 19.1 cm, Width: 25.4 cm

Object history note

This is one of the plates in John Milton's 'Il Penseroso', published for the Etching Club by R. Ansdell, 1880.

Descriptive line

'The Lonely Tower'. Two shepherds guarding sheep gaze at a tower standing high on a distant hill. Etching by Samuel Palmer, 1879. Published in 'Il Penseroso', England, 1880.

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

no. 220
Catalogue of an exhibition of drawings, etchings & woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other disciples of William Blake. London, Pub. under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926
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.83-84.

Production Note

This is one of the plates in 'Il Penseroso' published for the Etching Club by R. Ansdell, 1880.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Night scenes; Moon; Towers; Sheep; Shepherds

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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