See also:English landscape painter and etcher, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 27th of
See also:January 1805 . He was delicate as a
See also:child, but in 1819 he exhibited both at the Royal Academy and the
See also:British Institution; and shortly after-wards he became intimate with
See also:Linnell, who introduced him to Varley,
See also:Mulready, and, above all, to
See also:William Blake, whose
See also:strange and mystic
See also:genius had the most powerful effect on
See also:art . An illness led to a residence of seven years at
See also:Shoreham in Kent, and the characteristics of the scenery of the
See also:district are constantly recurrent in his
See also:works . Among the more important productions of this
See also:time are the " Bright
See also:Cloud " and the "Skylark," paintings in oil, which was Palmer's usual
See also:medium in earlier
See also:life . In 1839 he married a daughter of Linnell . Thewedding tour was to Italy, where he spent over two years in study . Returning to London, he was in 1843 elected an associate and in 1854 a full member of the Society of Painters in
See also:Colours, a method to which he afterwards adhered in his painted
See also:work . His productions are distinguished by an excellent command over the forms of landscape, and by mastery of
See also:rich, glowing and potent colouring . Among the best and most important paintings executed by Palmer during his later years was a
See also:noble series of illustrations to Milton's L'Allegro and Il Penseroso . In 1853 the artist was elected a member of the English
See also:Club . Considering his reputation and success in this department of art, his plates are few in number . Their virtues are not those of a rapid and vivid
See also:sketch; they aim rather at truth and completeness of tonality, and embody many of the characteristics of other modes of engraving—of
See also:mezzotint, of
See also:line, and of woodcut .
Readily accessible and sufficiently representative plates maybe studied in the "Early Ploughman," in Etching and Etchers (1st ed.), and the "Herdsman's Cottage," in the third edition of the same work . In 1861 Palmer removed to
See also:Reigate, where he died on the 24th of May 1881 . One of his latest efforts was the production of a series of etchings to illustrate his English metrical version of Virgil's Eclogues, which was published in 1883, illustrated with reproductions of the artist's water-colours and with etchings, of which most were completed by his son, A . H . Palmer .
RAY PALMER (1808-1887)
BART SIR CHARLES MARK PALMER
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