Christmas, or Folding the Last Sheep

Samuel Palmer, 1850

WAG 1556

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:1805-01-27, died:1881-05-24)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 10.1 cm x 8.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A family are guiding the last sheep into an enclosure in the foreground. There is a thatched cottage on the left with an open door. The scene is dense with trees and the moon is high in the sky.
  • 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


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S Palmer
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: On plate, lower right
  • Inscription text: 'Christmas' or Folding the Last Sheep (from Bampfyldes Sonnet) by Samual Palmer
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note: Most likely mounter's hand writing
    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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