An image of The sleeping shepherd

Samuel Palmer

(England 27 Jan 1805 – 24 May 1881)

The sleeping shepherd

Location
Not on display
Further information

Palmer turned to etching in 1850 in a deliberate effort to revive the visionary intensity of his youth when he was a disciple of William Blake. His prints evoke an idyllic earthly paradise. In the foreground a shepherd sleeps under an Italianate pergola. There is a flock of sheep and in the distance a ploughman and his oxen work the hillside.

Year
1857
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
12.5 x 10.3 cm platemark; 36.5 x 26.5 cm sheet
Credit
Purchased 2007
Accession number
221.2007