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Hope, or The Lifting of the Cloud: PD.30-2020

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Hope, or The Lifting of the Cloud


Palmer, Samuel




A pastoral scene, girls and goats in the foreground, on the right a tree, in the left distance turreted ruins, and on right mountains with storm clouds rising from their tops.


History note: Acquired by 1964 when Sir Geoffrey Keynes listed the painting in Bibliotheca Bibliographici, No. 756, where no information regarding provenance, or where or how the painting was purchased is given. Sir Geoffrey describes the painting, 'This seems to correspond with the description of a picture exhibited at the Winter Exhibition, 1865, No. 348, with the above title. "The day at first was sombre, like the shadowy turrets we were to explore. Then there was a distant gleam; the breeze began to stir, and the rain-cloud, slowly rising, disclosed the mountains. Lister, Catalogue Raisonne (1988), No. 640, regarding provenance adds P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd.'; presumably, private communication from Sir Geoffrey Keynes.

Legal notes

From the collection of Sir Geoffrey Keynes. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government from the estate of Stephen Keynes OBE and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2020) by H.M. Government


19th Century
Production date: AD 1865

Components of the work

Support composed of wove paper ( primary wove paper is laid down solid to its (in all probability) contemporary secondary support.)
Sheet Height 263 mm Width 376 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Watercolour, with body colour, gum and areas of scratching out and cutting directly into the paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: point of brush, in brown watercolour

  • Text: S Palmer
  • Location: Sheet lower right corner
  • Method of creation: Watercolour
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.30-2020
Primary reference Number: 282325
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Created: Monday 22 March 2021 Updated: Wednesday 26 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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