Study of a bough laden with apples
Palmer, Samuel; draughtsman; British artist, 1805-1881
black chalk; medium
white chalk; medium; ?
black chalk and chinese white on paper
height, 294, mm
width, 450, mm
given; 1928-09; Finberg, Mrs A.J.
Samuel Palmer; A.H. Palmer, by whom sold at Christie's, 20 February 1928, lot 38
Geoffrey Grigson has connected this draiwng, along with the one of "A Country Road leading towards a Church', now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, with 'The Magic Apple Tree', (No. 1490). However, the point must not be overstressed; the main drawing on the sheet is a faithful representation of a bough bearing apples, which does not reappear in the composition of 'The Magic Apple Tree'. It shows Palmer following Linnell's advice to copy nature more closely than he does in either of the other two drawings. Only in the very slight sketches of clusters of apples to the left of the page is there a suggestion of the central group of laden boughs in the 'Magic Apple Tree'. For further notes, see under No. 1490.
; lower left; 1830 934 (read by Grigson as the date)
; left, top to bottom; black chalk; Principle of size / Medium or large Apples universal bright / Exceptions / Some still a little larger & / some very much smaller - often / in gradated clusters / Gen. effect in Bright sun the whole / tree apples & leaves very golden / in the same tree will be / some boughs of darker apples / dim in relief but exquisite / in finish / boughs net in size to smallest / twigs - are I think of a crusty / texture and a pale dead gold (all of preceding section erased) Apple boughs fall in long shapes / like the branches - or the / same foreshortened which / is fine. the boughs are / pull'd down by the / weight. NB some / trail along on the / green gound.
Samuel Palmer: Vision and landscape. 2005-10-25 - 2006-05-28
Organiser: British Museum, London, England
Venue: British Museum, London
Notes: Touring exhibition. On display at the British Museum until 22/01, then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 07/03
1490; The Magic Apple Tree
Object Number: 1491
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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