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Storytelling in Miniature

Samuel Palmer
British, 1805–1881

Christmas

Etching, 1850
5 x 4 in.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop H. Perry, 1929.44

In a moonlit scene, a shepherd guides the last sheep into the fold, assisted by his children and dog, before retiring to his thatched cottage for Christmas. Landscape painter Samuel Palmer took up etching at age 45 upon returning to London after living for a period in Italy.