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Samuel Palmer  
(Newington, south London 1805 – 1881 Redhill, near Reigate, Surrey)

The Rising Moon or An English Pastoral

The Rising Moon or An English Pastoral | Samuel Palmer | Etching | Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

The Rising Moon
or An English Pastoral
Alexander 7 vii?/ix, Lister 7 vii?/ix
147 x 222 mm (plate); 117 x 191 mm (image); 256 x 350 mm (sheet)

Etching, 1855-57. The plate initialled. Published state, as plate 10 in Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club, 1857, with the associated letters; edition of 500; the only edition. On laid india paper. The wove support sheet trimmed fractionally at the edges. Occasional foxing in the margins and a little rubbed in the margins at the plate edges.


The Rising Moon
or An English Pastoral
Alexander 7 viii?/ix Lister 7 viii?/ix
147 x 222 mm (plate); 117 x 191 mm (image); 265 x 365 mm (sheet)

Another impression in a published state (not illustrated), but a different state to the previous example, the plate reworked. Margins light-stained at the edges of the wove support sheet and slightly soiled. The sheet gilt-edged on three sides.



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Additional Information about the Print

Palmer’s largest plate to date *, twice the size of his previous etchings, and for the first time landscape in format as well as theme, sets the approach to the subsequent plates in its panoramic view, high viewpoint, dramatic sky (the “Margate mottle”), and mixture of motifs taken from Shoreham, his travels in Italy, his sketching tours in Devon and Wales, and his retreats to Margate. The hurdled provender trough makes a first appearance, as the huddled roofs nestling in a valley, silvered by the moon.

Palmer began the plate in 1855, the Etching Club minutes for 29 October that year record “Palmer produced a new etching”. The plate went through many small changes and refinements and Palmer even probably continued to work on it while printing for the edition was in progress, so that the published states are confusing to distinguish.

*The plate for The Vine had of necessity been larger, to allow room for the text in addition to the two vignettes.  The smaller dimensions of the earlier plates had been determined presumably by the Etching Club, who supplied the plates. The Songs of Shakespeare plates perhaps established a new larger standard size.