The Prospect by Samuel Palmer

The scene, depicted at midday, illustrates lines 69-80 of John Milton's poem 'L'Allegro'.


Watercolour & bodycolour on London board
50 x 79.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£75,000 ( Total: £245,000)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

It belongs to a set of eight works illustrating Miltons' 'L'Allegro' and 'Il Penseroso', conceived as four pairs depicting the times of the day. Palmer always had a special affection for these poems. The scene, although imaginary, combines reminiscences of Shoreham, Naples and the Italian landscape in general. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Leonard Rowe Valpy; Fine Arts Society; Joan Glass; Mary Baldwin; through Didi Malek to a private collector, 2000.

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