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The Rising of the Skylark

PALMER, Samuel (1805 - 1881)

The Rising of the Skylark

Media: oil on panel

Size: 30.8 x 24.5 cm

Acquired: 1990; Gift; Sidney Leigh through the National Art Collections Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 361

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Inspired by the visionary poet and painter William Blake, Palmer settled in the Kentish village of Shoreham where he evolved a symbolic imagery celebrating rural fruitfulness and pastoral simplicity. Painted shortly after his return from a visit to Italy in 1839, this landscape was inspired by the lines from L'Allegro by John Milton, perhaps the artist's favourite poet:

'To hear the lark begin his flight

And singing, startle the dull night,

From his watch tower in the skies,

Till the dappled dawn doth rise'.

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