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

A Shepherd and his Flock under the Moon and Stars

ca. 1827
Brown wash, gray wash, and white gouache with pen and brown ink on very thick, slightly textured, card
Sheet: 4 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches (10.8 x 13 cm) and Frame: 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 1in. (40 x 52.7 x 2.5cm)

Inscribed on mount in graphite lower left: "[...] Shoreham period showing Blake's influences"; on mount in graphite lower left: "19 x 12 1/2 | U."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
astronomy | crook, shepherd's | genre subject | landscape | moon | night | rocks (landforms) | sheep | shepherd | stars
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IIIF Manifest:

A loan exhibition of English drawings and watercolours from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, cat. no. 21, N5247.M385 L62 (YCBA)

An exhibition of English drawings and water colors from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, February 18-April 1, 1962, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1962, p. 40, cat. no. 50b, NC228 U6 (YCBA) Copy 2 is on Mellon Shelf

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 276, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

Raymond Lister, Samuel Palmer and " the Ancients ", Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York, 1984, pp. 12-13, cat. no. 14, NJ18 P19 L565 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 105, no. 191, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 276, fig. 20, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

Samuel Palmer, Tate Publishing, London, p. 26, fig. 20, NJ18.P19 W55 2005 (YCBA)

William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer : shadows on the wall, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2015, p. 184, fig. 152, NJ18.P19 V37 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965 , New Haven, 1965, cat. no. 21, NC228 Y34 (YCBA)

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