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The Bright Cloud

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A warm pastoral landscape scene depicting a procession of figures and animals on a lush, wooded hillside. Working their way through trees in the left foreground and moving downhill to the right, the group is led by a woman on a donkey: she rides side-saddle and has a red head covering. Behind her walks a blonde man in a white robe who carries a staff. A woman in a blue robe who carries a round basket on her head is next, then a man in red and finally a woman in brown, with a basket on her head. She is half-turning as one of the herd of cattle behind them noses at her garment. Below the pastoral procession, to the right, is a dark, wooded valley beyond which is a sloping ridge; a bright, cloud-filled sky tinted with pink dominates the upper half of the composition.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Bright Cloud




tempera on mahogany


H 23.3 x W 32 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd, 1976

Work type


Inscription description

Unsigned. Label on reverse of panel, inscribed in artist's hand: No 3- / A Rustic Scene / Samuel Palmer / No 4 Grove Street Lisson Grove / Marylebone


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