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Samuel Palmer Going to evening church 1874, watercolour with scratching out and gum Arabic, 30 x 70 cm

Samuel Palmer Going to evening church 1874

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  • More about Samuel Palmer

    About the artist

    Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) was one of the most important English landscape artists in the 1800s, even though he was described as reclusive, eccentric and a commercial failure during his own lifetime.

    Palmer was a friend of the poet and artist William Blake, whose mystical leanings inspired some of Palmer's early drawings and landscapes, and Palmer became the key figure in a group of Blake-inspired artists known as ‘the Ancients’.  

    After Palmer took up etching at the late age of 45, he quickly achieved rich and complex effects in his masterful etchings, which are considered to be amongst the best examples of the artform. 

    Samuel Palmer’s spiritual depictions of the English countryside have been incredibly influential in the 20th century. British modern romantic landscape artists such as Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland deeply responded deeply to the pastoral tradition that Palmer helped to establish, while here in Australia his influence can also be seen in the works of Russell Drysdale, Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley.  

    About the painting

    Going to evening church 1874 comes from Palmer's later years when he was living in the English county of Surrey, following the death of his son Thomas More Palmer, a period when he created what are considered some of the finest pictures in his long career, drawing together his vision of Arcadian England.

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