The Herdsman

Samuel Palmer,

WAG 1561

About this object

Palmer's art development was largely the result of association with artists John Linnell, John Varley, William Blake, William Mulready and George Richmond. The influence of his style of Blake and Varley is particulary strong. He began to etch quite late in his career, these 13 prints were produced after 1850.

There is no real plate mark to speak of. This plate has penciled at the bottome by S Palmer that it is a second state after the alteration of the sky. J.S. 25/5/56 (on mount, in pencil) (presumable James Smith)

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Palmer (British: English, born:1805-01-27, died:1881-05-24)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 13.3 cm x 20 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 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: (M)r George....? Second state after alteration of sky 1252
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Lower margin
  • Inscription text: By S Palmer Second state after the alteration of the sky J.S. 25/5/56
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note: Presumably written by James Smith
    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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