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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

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'.


Sara Huws
22 July 2014, 14:24
Dear Rev Streeter,

I have forwarded your message to our image licensing officer, who will respond to your request as soon as they can.


Rev. Philip E. Streeter
22 July 2014, 14:16
Is it possible to purchase a print/copy of this (The Rising of the Skylark)?
If so, I would appreciate details and cost.
Copyright details would also be appreciated. I plan on publishing a small book in order to raise money from our donors for street children in Bulgaria and the Ukraine. I wanted Palmer's picture depicted on the cover.
To verify, our Charity is Door of Hope International (see website)
Many thanks I anticipation of your response.
David Brian Armstrong
22 October 2013, 17:33
I have obviously missed out this section of the gallery on previous visits. What a beautiful little painting. I must make sure I see it on the next visit
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