Samuel Palmer was a painter of pastoral landscape and the most important follower of Blake, whom he met in 1824. He was very precocious and exhibited at the RA from 1819. His 'Shoreham Period'(1826-c. 34) was the moment of perfect balance between inner and outer vision - a landscape charged with fecundity and Christian symbolism, expressed in terms of observed detail. Others influenced by Blake - they called themselves 'The Ancients' - included Palmer's life-long friend Calvert, the Varley brothers, and George Richmond.
This 'primitive and infantine feeling' (his own words) for landscape began to fade c.1832: in 1837 he married the daughter of John Linnell and visited Italy, and his son later wrote of these events: 'After the Shoreham and Italian periods, the whole of my father's life became a dreadful tragedy'; but this view is now regarded as a melodramatic overstatement. His early work has influenced many Romantic painters, e.g. Sutherland: examples are in London (BM, V&A, Tate, Courtauld Inst.), Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester, Oxford, Philadelphia, Yale (CBA), and elsewhere.
In 1976 T. Keating claimed to have forged several Palmer drawings.
Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
Cornfield By Moonlight Canvas Print
Lonely Tower, 1879 Canvas Print
Classical River Scene Canvas Print
Tityrus Restored to His Patrimony, 1877 Canvas Print