Samuel Palmer

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Samuel Palmer
1805-1881
Pear Tree in a Walled Garden
ca. 1829
Watercolor and opaque watercolor over graphite on gray paper.
8 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches (222 x 281 mm)
Thaw Collection.
1980.37

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Palmer moved to the village of Shoreham in Kent in 1826, and his style during this period reflects intense introspection and a communion with nature. He lived at Waterhouse, a Georgian house with a garden that went down to the river. It has been suggested that the artist may have based this drawing on the garden there, for the espaliered pear tree so vividly rendered in spring’s full bloom here is closely related to another work entitled In a Shoreham Garden (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).

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A.H. Palmer, Tilford, Surrey, and Vancouver, B.C.; sale, London, Christie's, 4 March 1929, lot 45, Victor Rienacker; Mrs. K.T. Parker, Oxford; Mrs. Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Victor O. Jones (née Elizabeth Sachs); R.M. Light and Co., Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, New York.
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