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Samuel Palmer, 1805–1881
The Lonely Tower
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, gouache and gum arabic on London board: a high-quality pasteboard sheet made of Whatman's finest drawing paper
Sheet: 20 1/4 x 27 7/8 inches (51.4 x 70.8 cm), Frame: 25 1/8 x 32 3/4 x 3 inches (63.8 x 83.2 x 7.6 cm)

Inscribed in artist's hand on label on back in pen and brown ink center left: "No:1 | The Lonely Tower | "Or let my lamp, at midnight hour, | Be seen in some high lonely tower, | Where I may oft outwatch the Bear, | With thice great Hermes." | Samuel Palmer"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
astronomy | cave | Classical | figures | landscape | light | poem | prehistoric | roots | science | sheep | shepherd | shepherd | standing stones | stars | stones | sunset | time | tower (building division) | trees
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Stonehenge | United Kingdom | Wiltshire
Associated People:
Milton, John (1608–1674), poet and polemicist
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IIIF Manifest:

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Samuel Palmer 1805-1881 Vision and Landscape (British Museum, 2005-10-21 - 2006-01-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Great Age of British Watercolors c.1750 - 1880 (National Gallery of Art, 1993-05-02 - 1993-07-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Great Age of British Watercolors c.1750 - 1880 (Royal Academy of Arts, 1993-01-15 - 1993-07-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Works of Splendor and Imagination - The Exhibition Watercolor 1770-1870 (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-09-16 - 1981-11-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Samuel Palmer - Paintings and Etchings to Illustrate Virgil and Milton (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1978-11-22 - 1979-05-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Mysterious wisdom, the life and work of Samuel Palmer , Bloomsbury, London; New York, 2011, pp. 305, 307, NJ18 P19 C36 2011 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Ebony, Samuel Palmer's Luminous Garden, Art in America, vol. 94, no. 9, October 2006, p. 209, N1 A43 (LC)+ Oversize (HAAS) Some volumes are also available Online (ORBIS) [ORBIS]

Simon Jenkins, Skip the Secular Rituals of the Turner Prize for a Real Radical, The british Museum's Exhibition of the Painter Samuel Palmer is an Exhilarating Vision of Archaic Beauty , Guardian (Manchester, England), October 31, 2005, see below, Film AN M312 (SML) Also Available Online (Factiva) [ORBIS]

Katharine Jordan Lochnan, Drawing attention, selected works on paper from the Renaissance to modernism : Art Gallery of Ontario , London New York, 2008, p. 125?, fig. 1, NC27.T6 D73 2008 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Ross (RBM), Critical companion to William Butler Yeats, a literary reference to his life and work , Facts On File, New York, 2009, pp. 197-200, PR5906 YCBA did not retain in collection; Offered to SML [ORBIS]

Samuel Palmer, Tate Publishing, London, p. 71, fig. 59, NJ18.P19 W55 2005 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer : shadows on the wall, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2015, pp. 334,335,336,338,341,359-60, fig. 279, NJ18.P19 V37 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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