Samuel Palmer (1805– 81), painter and printmaker, is one of Britain’s greatest artists of the Romantic period. He is perhaps best known for his visionary paintings created during the time he lived in Shoreham, Kent, and his close friendship with the artist, printmaker and poet William Blake (1757–1827).
This exhibition of Palmer’s complete etchings shows the playfulness, beauty and complexity of his compositions. Despite creating just thirteen etchings in his lifetime, Palmer’s technical deftness earned him the posthumous reputation as one of Britain’s leading printmakers.
The works on display are taken from the private collection of Edward Twohig. It is a rare opportunity to see all thirteen etchings together, and alongside works by artists who inspired Samuel Palmer, such as George Barrett (1730–84). Works by twentieth century artists, including Robin Tanner (1904–88) and Paul Drury (1903–87) illustrate the influence Palmer had on the generations that succeeded him.
Image: Samuel Palmer, The Lonely Tower, 1879, Etching
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
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