The Rise of the Skylark by Samuel Palmer

This painting, inspired by lines from John Milton's L'Allegro, was painted by Palmer shortly after his return from Italy in 1839.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 24 cm
Acquired in:
1991
Presented by:
Sidney Leigh through The Art Fund

It was worked up from a detailed sepia drawing of the late Shoreham period. Through dawn breaking, with its multicoloured sky and the joyful sound of the skylark, Palmer suggests a new beginning. The shepherd opening the gate through which the lamb will pass into the broad landscape may symbolize the start of life.

Provenance

Lord Justice Sir William Rann Kennedy; Mrs Robinson; J.W.Knight; Mrs H.F.Medicott; Sold Fine Art Society, bt. Mrs F.E.Leigh; Sidney Leigh.

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, CARDIFF Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 museum.wales/

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