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Inspired by William Blake, Palmer developed a personal and emotionally charged style of landscape painting that celebrated nature as the product of divine creation. This watercolor of a spectacularly colorful sunset over the hills of Surrey was painted by Palmer toward the end of his life. An autumn sky heavy with rows of cumulus clouds shimmers in a pattern of pink and amethyst, as slivers of golden light emanate from the setting sun. The idyllic landscape is an elegy not only to a passing day, but to the brevity of life itself.
Inscription: Signed, lower left in brown watercolor: S. Palmer. Verso: Never let drawings on London Board be thinned by removing paper from the back. / This drawing would be unchanged after 3 centuries if the frame were in / a folding case with a door - & unnecessary exposure to light avoided. / See Mifords [sic] in B. Museum / SP / apply moisture /do not tear these off /
Medium: watercolor and gouache with graphite and scraping
Dimensions: Sheet: 25.6 x 35.4 cm (10 1/16 x 13 15/16 in.)
Credit Line: The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
Accesion Number: 2009.3
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