The Herdsman

Samuel Palmer, Begun in 1840

WAG 1553

About this object

Palmer's artistic development was largely the result of his association with the artists John Linnell (1792 - 1882), John Varley (1778 - 1842), William Blake (1757 - 1827), William Mulready 1786 - 1863) and George Richmond 1809 - 1896). The influence of Blake and Varley was particulary strong.

Palmer began to etch quite late in his career and this print was probably finished after 1850.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Palmer (British: English, born:27 January 1805, died:24 May 1881)
  • Date
    Begun in 1840
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 13.2 cm x 20.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A herdsman with two livestock and a dog walking on a path towards dense undergrowth on the left. Mountains in the distance with a full moon breaking through a cloudy sky just above the horizon on the right.
  • Related people
    Samuel Henry Nazeby Harrington (Previous owner); Samuel Palmer (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1553
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Dr H Nazeby Harrington in 1910
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Samuel Henry Nazeby Harrington

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1910
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S.Palmer
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate, lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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