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Eclogue III, "Tis Gentle Phillis', illustration to the 'Eclogues' of Virgil; hilly landscape with ruined castle on hill at left, cattle (?), cart, and group of figures in the right foreground. c.1876
Black chalk, with pen and brown ink, heightened with white
- Production date
- 1876 (circa)
Height: 102 millimetres
Width: 152 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The design was first published in 'An English Version of The Eclogues of Virgil' by Samuel Palmer, 1883.
See commentary to Lister No. V5. The position of this version in the sequence is not certain; it may be the earliest.
The following is the entry on this drawing in W. Vaughan, E.E. Barker, and C. Harrison, 'Samuel Palmer, Vision and Landscape' (London, BM, 2005), cat. no. 156, p. 237:
Illustrating the lines from Eclogue III in An English Version (Cat. 163)
‘Tis gentle Phillis I love best of all,
For when I left some tears began to fall;
‘Adieu!’ she cried, while her loose tresses fell
About me, ‘Charming boy, a long farewell!’
This is one of four designs for the subject, and it may be the earliest. Unlike the other versions, this focuses less on the embracing couple (seen in the right foreground) than on the surrounding landscape. However the ruin and voluminous clouds seem to suggest the turmoil felt by the protagonists at their parting.
Like others in the series this design combines pen lines with the use of graphite to deepen tones and white to heighten lighter parts. It is one of the freest and most vigorous studies in the series. A different version (British Museum 1991-11-9; Lister V7) was used as an illustration in An English Version.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1957 P&D, 'William Blake and his circle', no.80(4)
1978/9 Nov-May, V&A, 'Samuel Palmer', no. Vd
1992/3 Dec-Jan, BM, 'Samuel Palmer'
1984 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 'Samuel Palmer', no. 71
2005-2006, 22nd Oct - 22 Jan, BM, Samuel Palmer, Vision and Landscape, no. 156
2005, Mar-May, Met, NY, Samuel Palmer: Vision and Landscape, no. 156
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Eclogues (III)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- By descent from the artist to Alfred Herbert Palmer
- Prints and Drawings
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