The Bell Man

Samuel Palmer, Finished in 1879

WAG 1564

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.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Palmer (British: English, born:27 January 1805, died:24 May 1881)
  • Date
    Finished in 1879
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 16.7 cm x 23.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A bell man walking through a village with cottages in front and on his left. Cattle lie in the shelter of the hedge on the right. The moon and mountains in the distance.
  • Related people
    Samuel Palmer (Artist/maker); James Smith (Previous owner)
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith in 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1923


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S. PALMER (INV. EX. FEC MEADVALE RED HIILL 1879)
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: On Plate; Lower right
  • Inscription text: Samual Palmer 20
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: 6659
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Upper right
  • Inscription text: Watermark & Inscription on reverse
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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