• In Vintage Time -
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    Signed lower left: S. PALMER 1861

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    19.6 by 42.9 cm., 7 ? by 16 ? inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Walker?s Galleries, 11 New Bond St, London, 1952;

    Acquired by a private collector;

    By descent until 2010

     

    Literature:

    Raymond Lister, Catalogue Raisonn? of the Works of Samuel Palmer, 1988, p.188, no.582 as untraced

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1861, no.216;

    London, Walker?s Galleries, 48th Annual Exhibition of Early English Water-Colours, 30th June 1952, no.86, as ?The End of Day?

     

    These recently rediscovered watercolours were two of Palmer?s three exhibits at the Old Watercolour Society in 1861 and were probably intended as a pair. The romantic Italianate landscape and strong colours are typical of Palmer?s mature work. They are both in what he called his ?little long? format which are all of this size and enabled him to focus on the landscape. The extensive use of pencil underneath the watercolour and the highly finished stippled effect are also typical. The present work shows a family returning home as the sun sets after a day harvesting with oxen pulling their cart laden with grapes. The landscape and hilltop town show the influence of Palmer?s trip to Italy in 1837. Both these watercolours relate closely to Palmer?s Old Watercolour Society exhibit of 1862 entitled ?A Poet? which was sold at Sotheby?s on 7th June 2006, lot 414 for ?45,600.

     

    We are grateful to Colin Harrison for his help in cataloguing this watercolour

  • In the Chequered Shade -
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    Signed lower right: S. PALMER/1861

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    20.2 by 43.2 cm., 8 by 17 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Walker?s Galleries, 11 New Bond St, London, 1952;

    Acquired by a private collector;

    By descent until 2010

     

    Literature:

    Raymond Lister, Catalogue Raisonn? of the Works of Samuel Palmer, 1988, p.189, no.586 as untraced

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1861, no.133;

    London, Walker?s Galleries, 48th Annual Exhibition of Early English Water-Colours, 30th June 1952, no.85, as ?Noon ? Resting Time?

     

    The title of this watercolour is taken from Milton?s ?L?Allegro?, line 96. John Milton (1608-1674) was a constant influence on Palmer throughout his life and his work is filled with references to images found in Milton?s poetry. He first encountered Milton?s work when his nurse Mary Ward gave him a copy of his poetry in 1829. It was not until 1863 however that Palmer produced a series of illustrations to Milton?s poetry at the instigation of the solicitor Leonard Valpy who commissioned them. These illustrations occupied him for the rest of his life and he wrote to Valpy about them a few months before his death in February 1881. They were published posthumously by his son A.H. Palmer. Palmer depicts a woman carrying an urn of water on her head to the right with a hunting party chasing a stag with attendant dogs `in the chequered shade? to the left. The high viewpoint looking down on an Italianate landscape and the combination of light and shade is typical of Palmer?s work of the period.

     

    We are grateful to Colin Harrison for his help in cataloguing this watercolour.

  • View on the Devon Coast -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour

    18.7 by 26.9 cm., 7 1/4 by 10 1/2 inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent from the artist to Alfred Herbert Palmer (1853-1931), his sale, Christie’s, 24th May 1909, lot 115 (part);

    F.M. and E. Redgrave, their sale, Christie’s, 29th June 1932, lot 119, bt. Meatyard;

    Dr Samuel Nazeby Harrington (d. 1934);

    By descent to his son Sir Nazeby Harrington (1891-1951);

    By descent until 2013

     

    Literature:

    Raymond Lister, Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Samuel Palmer, 1988, p.167, no.482 as `Untraced since 1932’

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Victoria and Albert Museum, An Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings and Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other disciples of William Blake, 1926, no. 104

  • The Campagna and Aqueducts of Rome -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    14.6 by 40.2 cm., 7 by 15 ¾ inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Graves Art Gallery, Birmingham;

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 14th November 1967, lot 132;

    H.T. Worton, his sale, Sotheby’s, 10th July 1980, lot 178;

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 20th November 1984, lot 116

     

    Literature:

    Raymond Lister, Samuel Palmer: His Life and Art, 1987, p. 131;

    Raymond Lister, Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Samuel Palmer, 1988, no. 381, p. 142, ill.

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1843, no.312

     

    This watercolour which dates from 1843 is based on sketches executed on Palmer’s honeymoon trip to Italy from 1837 to 1839. On 30th September 1837, he married Hannah Linnell, the eldest of the artist John Linnell’s nine children and on 4th October they set off for Italy reaching Rome in mid November. They stayed in Rome until May 1838 and again from January to May 1839 before returning home. This is drawn in what Palmer called his favoured `little long’ format which he adopted on his return from Italy.

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