Samuel Palmer

British painter, etcher and drawing master of pastoral landscapes (1805-1881)

Samuel Palmer was the son of a bookseller in London. He was introduced to literature by his nurse Mary Ward who cared for him following the death of his mother at an early age. He studied under drawing master William Wate. Poetry became his main inspiration and his earlier works were often influenced by David Cox (1783-1859).

Due to poor health in 1824, Palmer was living at Shoreham, a village in the Darent Valley, Kent, with his father, where he continued to work. Following his father's death, he moved back to London in 1832. In 1835 he visited the West Country and Wales in search of new material. He exhibited his work at the Fine Art Society and Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. Palmer's style combined natural detailed studies with gothic features driven by a love of both poetry and the natural world.

In 1837 Palmer married Hannah Linnell, the daughter of his friend and mentor John Linnell (1792–1882). They travelled to Italy on their honeymoon where they remained for 2 years. After returning to London Palmer was elected Associate of the Old Water-Colour Society in 1843 and a member in 1854. He only began to etch about 1850 and was elected a member of the Etching Society in 1853. He spent much time as a drawing master during these years and experienced financial problems. He moved to Surrey in 1862 where he remained until his death in 1881.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    27 January 1805
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Died
    24 May 1881
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Surrey: Redhill
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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