Palmer, Samuel, 1805-1881

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Birth 1805-01-27
Death 1881-05-24

Biographical notes:

Epithet: merchant, of Oporto

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001092.0x00035b

English artist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, to George Richmond, 1835 Aug. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872080

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Furze Hill House, to Harry Inglis Richmond, 1866 Sept. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609928

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Furze Hill, to William Fothergill Robinson, 1874 Dec. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609929

From the description of Autograph letters signed (95) : [various places], to George Richmond, 1836 Jun. 5-1881 Apr. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611579

From the description of Autograph letter2 signed (26) : 1A Victoria Road [Kensington], to Mrs. Julia (Tatham) Richmond, 1848 Sept-1878 Jul. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611491

From the description of Autograph letters signed (9) : Shoreham and North Brixton, to George Richmond, 1827 May 10-1834 Oct. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611578

From the description of Autograph letters (2) signed : "Filigree Folly" [Furze Hill House], to John Richmond, 1868 May-1869 Jan. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611498

From the description of Autograph letters (13) signed : 6 Douro Place [Kensington], to Julia Richmond (later Robinson), 1857 Feb.-1881 Feb. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611493

British painter.

From the description of Letters, 1869-1877. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79886336

Born, Newington, London, 1805; educated at home and Merchant Taylors' School; took art lessons and exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institution, 1819; met John Linnell, his future father-in-law, who gave him advice and instruction in art; became a close acquaintance of William Blake, 1824; moved to Shoreham, Kent, [1826-1833], painted in oil and made water-colour sketches; sketching tour in North Wales, 1832; exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Museum, 1832-1834; married Hannah, the eldest daughter of John Linnell, 1837; lived in Italy, 1837-1839; associate of the Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1843; exhibited many Italian drawings, later mostly English pastorals, illustrations of the `Pilgrim's Progress' and Spenser, drawing from Milton, 1855; gave drawing lessons, and continued sketching tours, visiting North Wales, 1843, Margate, 1845, Cornwall, 1857, Devon, 1858, 1860; produced illustrations for Dickens's `Pictures from Italy', 1846; began etching, [1850]; member of the Etching Society in 1853; member of the Water-colour Society, 1854; produced illustrations to Adams's `Sacred Allegories', 1856; moved from London to Reigate, 1861, Redhill, 1862-1881; illustrated `L'Allegro' and `Il Penseroso,' two poems of Milton; continued to exhibit at the Water-colour Society and produce etchings until his death; translated and illustrated Virgil's Eclogues, completed by his son, Alfred Herbert Palmer; died, 1881. Publications: Shorter Poems of John Milton , with illustrations by Samuel Palmer and preface by A H Palmer; An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil By Samuel Palmer, with illustrations by the author. Edited by A H Palmer (Seeley & Co, London, 1883).

Alfred Herbert Palmer (fl 1860-1926) was the painter's son. He published his biography of his father The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer in 1892. He destroyed many of his father's original papers, and emigrated to Canada.

Martin Hardie (1875-1952) was Keeper of the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was also an etcher, water-colourist and writer, publishing works on Frederick Goulding and Samuel Palmer in 1928.

Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985) was an author. His papers in this collection probably comprise working papers for his book Samuel Palmer: The Visionary Years , published in 1947.

From the guide to the Collection of papers of and relating to Samuel Palmer, painter, 1829-1944, (Queen Mary, University of London)


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