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ID number:  BIRBI-2003.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Palmer, Samuel (1805-1881)
Title / Object name:  The Rising Moon
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1857
Materials:  Etching on india paper on wove backing sheet (on chine collé)
Measurements:  269 x 366 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Campbell Fine Art, March 2003

A shepherd and his flock return home at evening in a scene also known as An English Pastoral. Palmer assembles different landscape elements, imagined and observed. The solitary figure, the sheep, and the moon are familiar from his earlier work in the village of Shoreham. The distance recalls the hilly scenery of Devon or Wales, whilst the cypress trees were perhaps noted on Palmer’s Italian trip. The joy of etching, Palmer wrote, lies in ‘the glimmering through of the white paper ... so that almost everything either sparkles or suggests sparkle’. Searching for these qualities, Palmer continued to rework this etching throughout his life.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed with initials in the plate

Notes:  Seventh state.

1 Related Publications

Moonrise Over Europe: J C Dahl and Romantic Landscape
Spencer-Longhurst, Paul
Philip Wilson Publishers
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