The Early Ploughman

Samuel Palmer, 1861 before; begun

WAG 1563

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.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Palmer (British: English, born:1805-01-27, died:1881-05-24)
  • Date
    1861 before; begun
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 13.3 cm x 20 cm
  • Physical description
    A man is ploughing with horned livestock in the foreground. There is a river and bridge on the left and a woman standing by dense woodland on the right. The sun rises behind hills 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


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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