1831, Samuel Palmer
(1805-81), pen and brown ink and wash, 18.3 x 13.7cm.
| HAUL: The Comet of 1858 by Samuel Palmer
was among items stolen from the home of a 89-year-old woman
In a single afternoon recently I noted the references to Homer I came upon casually; the Odyssey cafe, a Samuel Palmer
picture, a reference to James Joyce's Ulysses, and even the ubiquitous sound of sirens in the London streets.
We did some gold panning for a Samuel Palmer
painting of the Falls, and we had a male voice choir all in bright blue blazers singing Land Of My Fathers on the side of the mountain in Blaenau Ffestiniog.' He smiles and shifts in his seat as I suggest that perhaps that was a rather gratuitous touch of stereotyping.
To officials' horror it was found that important works by Samuel Palmer
, James Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Augustus John had gone missing.
There are some odd moments: Henri Fantin-Latour, about whom we learn little (as is only right in a survey), is described as a "cheese fanatic"; Samuel Palmer
and George Stubbs are not merely undervalued by the later Victorians, they are "shunned."
Another tour de force is Samuel Palmer
's A Church with a Boat and Sheep.
From seascapes to portraits to still life, here again Jones' sacramental view of the world, and of art, is evident in the visionary quality of these works (recalling Samuel Palmer
The British Museum, in collaboration with the New York Metropolitan Museum, is celebrating Samuel Palmer
's 200th birthday with an exhibition of some 130 pictures by Palmer, with a number by his associates, until 22 January.
More than 40 artists are represented in the collection including JR Cozens, JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Girtin, Peter De Wint and Samuel Palmer
Lowell Libson does just that, presenting a series of British masterpieces that includes works by Samuel Palmer
, Gainsborough, and Constable --don't miss the latter's small sky study, Sunset: a stormy evening, dating to the 1820s.
Like Samuel Palmer
, he had a particular vision; like Eric Gill, he had a certain attitude to work and to the world; and he had a particular attraction to the land, and the places in which he lived.