Samuel Palmer was one of the most visionary and mystical landscape painters of the Romantic era. This beautiful volume, newly available in paperback, is a facsimile of the only sketchbook not to have been destroyed by the artist's son after his death in 1881. No other surviving source provides such an immediate record of Palmer's fertile imagination, or give such insights into his artistic and spiritual struggles. A stunning object to treasure, Samel Palmer: The Sketchbook of 1824 will be desired by all those who seek to understand the inspiration of one of Britain's most important landscape artists.
Martin Butlin was for many years Keeper of the Historic British Collection at the Tate Gallery. He is an authority on JMW Turner and the author of the catalogue raisonne of the paintings and drawings of William Blake. William Vaughan is Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College. He is the author of Romanticism and Art, British Painting and Gainsborough, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Preface: The William Blake Trust; Foreword: William Vaughan, Palmer and the 'Revival of Art'; Introduction by Martin Butlin The Sketchbook Pages; Commentary on the Sketchbook Pages by Martin Butlin; Appendices.