Among the artists who would walk from their studios and lodgings in the bustling West End to the tranquil hillsides of Hampstead, were John Constable (1776-1837), Samuel Palmer
(1805-1881) and William Blake (1757-1827).
Stair Sainty, for instance, offered a wonderful Tissot, Lowell Libson a glowing, reverential Samuel Palmer
, and Rupert Maas an early Pre-Raphaelite rediscovery: an 1852 Charles Allston Collins still in its Millais-designed frame.
The exhibition examines three periods in Blake's career: his early training as a commercial engraver, his innovative printing techniques of the 1790s, and his final years--including his own late works, alongside works by the Ancients, a group of younger artists who were inspired by Blake: Samuel Palmer
, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.
Drawn from Tate's collection, it showcases major works by Henry Fuseli, JMW Turner, John Constable and Samuel Palmer
, as well as newly-acquired works by William Blake.
A rare chance to see examples from the permanent collection of the RWS, with works by Samuel Palmer
, Laurence Alma-Tadema, John Singer Sargent, Laura Knight and David Jones among others.
It might also have been instructive to have illustrated works by artists who had such a significant influence on Vaughan, such as Samuel Palmer
, Paul Cezanne and Nicolas de Stael.
Turner To Samuel Palmer
- British Watercolours 1800-1850.
Among them are the great Robert Cozens, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and Samuel Palmer
32) Samuel Palmer
also reported to Blake's biographer Alexander Gilchrist that 'No man more admired Albert Durer' (33) and that he kept 'close by his engraving table, Albert Durer's Melancholy the Mother of Invention, memorable as probably having been seen by Milton, and used in his Penseroso'.
Spalding's book bears witness to the importance of three of the biggest names behind Piper's intellectual perspective and visual legacy: John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer
and John Ruskin.
Like so many of her contemporaries, Swanwick felt an affinity with Samuel Palmer
, and kept a facsimile of one of his sketchbooks in her pocket as 'something tangible' in a world of shifting values.
During the past two centuries, English artists from Samuel Palmer
to John Minton, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and the younger neo-Romantics, closing with The Ruralists, a group of landscape painters who carried the traditions of pastoral vision through into the 20th century and who are still flourishing today.