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Samuel Palmer painting in UK export ban

Samuel Palmer's The Shearers

A painting by Samuel Palmer has been temporarily banned from being exported from the UK in a bid to raise money to keep it in the country.

The £3.8 million work entitled The Shearers should remain here as it is so closely entwined with national heritage, an export committee found.

The 19th century painting has been made the subject of a temporary export bar by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge.

The artwork is based on scenery around Shoreham in Kent.

The ruling follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

Committee member Johnny Van Haeften said: "The Shearers is an interesting picture from both an iconographic and a historical point of view.

"It is aesthetically outstanding because of its well-constructed composition, powerful figures and incredible light.

"If retained in the UK, it will enhance the study of Palmer's Shoreham period, a distinct strand of the stream of Romanticism that ran through Britain in the 19th century."

Between 1826 and 1835, Palmer lived in Shoreham in Kent, where he created "visionary" and nostalgic works in opposition to the predominant naturalism of the era.



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