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Creator:
Samuel Palmer, 1805–1881, British, active in Italy (1837–39)
Title:

A Pastoral Scene

Date:
1835
Medium:
Brown wash on wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (9.5 x 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.5824
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
carts | genre subject | harvest | landscape | moon | oxen | pastoral | people | rocks (landforms) | sheaf | tree
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:15179
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Samuel Palmer remains best known for his early landscapes of Kent, which present a strikingly original vision of an idyllic country life. This small watercolor, derived from the second of two tours of Devon in the early 183os, reveals a similar sense of natural wonder. The scene shows harvesting by night, with laborers tying up sheaves of corn for loading on the wagon in the foreground. In this image of plenitude and fecundity, Palmer’s crescent moon illuminates the cornfield, allowing the laborers extra time to gather in the abundant harvest.

Gallery label for Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (The State Hermitage Museum, 2007-10-23 - 2008-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007-07-11 - 2007-09-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Samuel Palmer 1805-1881 Vision and Landscape (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006-03-07 - 2006-05-28) [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]

William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer, 1805-1881 : vision and landscape, , British Museum Press, London, 2005, pp. 164-65, no. 91, Nj18 P19 V38 2005 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Great British watercolors : from the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 178-79, no. 78, ND1928 .Y35 2007 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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