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ID number:  BIRBI-60.11
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Palmer, Samuel (1805-1881)
Title / Object name:  The cypress grove
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Redhill, Surrey
Culture:  British
Date made:  about 1880, completed 1883
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  130 x 190 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., October 1960, for £4
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Set amid a mountainous nocturnal landscape, a group of nymphs mourn for the shepherd Daphnis who has been blinded by the nymph Nomia for being unfaithful. Loosely based on Virgil’s Eclogues (42-39 B.C.), this work may have been inspired by William Blake’s illustration of a similar theme (1821). Palmer was an integral figure in English Romanticism and from 1824 was acquainted with Blake and his work. The cascading waterfall could be seen as representing Daphnis’s turbulent and passionate death at the hands of his lover Nomia.

Notes:  Completed in 1883 by his son A. H. Palmer.

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