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Samuel Palmer and the Merry Maidens of Penzance

22 September 2004Written by ATG Reporter

THE 30 plates, all India proofs on heavy paper, that make up an 1857 volume of Etchings for the Art-Union of London by the Etching Club include three by Samuel Palmer – one shown right.

In the original green cloth binding, the copy offered by Lays of Penzance on August 10 was sold for £2600.

Printed at the Newlyn Press c.1912, The Merry Maidens is the magazine of Penzance Church of England High School and was the O.G. [Old Girls?] Club, and as such unlikely to cause much of a stir, but it contains original woodblock illustrations by Charles Simpson, plus a separate lithograph by Laura Knight. In Penzance the copy seen bottom right made £350.

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