Lot 2: Palmer (Samuel, 1805-1888). The Bellman, from Il Penseroso, 1879, etching on laid paper, a rich, dark impression from the later edition printed by Frank Short, inscribed in pencil to upper left corner 'Printed by me F.S.', and additionally inscribed in pencil to lower left 'To my friend Nina Griggs. Frank Short', some light spotting, plate size 193 x 253mm (7.6 x 10ins), sheet size 270 x 387mm (10.6 x 15.25ins) Palmer's largest plate, considered by Raymond Lister as one of the artist's two greatest etchings, along with The Lonely Tower. The work is a recollection of Palmer's time at Shoreham, as he wrote in a letter to Philip Hamerton of 4th August 1879 'It is a breaking out of village-fever long after contact - a dream of that genuine village where I mused away some of my best years designing what nobody would care for...'. Printed by Frank Short, then professor of engraving at the Royal College of Art, around 1924, most likely shortly before the Trio edition issued by Short, Hardy and Griggs and published by the Cotswold Gallery in the same year. (1)
Dominic Winter's The John Camfield Collectionof British Etchings 1850-1980& Other Properties Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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