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Watercolour - A country road leading towards a church
  • A country road leading towards a church
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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A country road leading towards a church

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Shoreham (painted)

  • Date:

    ca.1828 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 45, box A

Physical description

A countryside landscape with a path in dense woodland, leading to a church with a spire in the distance. In the foreground a shepherd is resting, his grazing sheep are on the road and bank.

Place of Origin

Shoreham (painted)


ca.1828 (painted)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'One of numbers done at Shoreham showing the love of vivid contrasts of chiaroscuro.'
The mount inscribed by A. H. Palmer.


Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Object history note

This drawing was previously in the collections of A. H. Palmer and Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E., R.I., by whom it was lent to the Samuel Palmer Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1926 (no.82: reproduced on PL.X of the catalogue), and was no. 38 in the exhibition 'Samuel Palmer & His Circle' organised by the Arts Council, 1957. It is no.91 (reproduced as Pl.44) in the catalogue of G Grigson's 'Samuel Palmer. The Visionary Years', London, 1947. Grigson relates it to 'The Magic Apple Tree' in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Descriptive line

'A country road leading towards a church'. Water-colour by Samuel Palmer, England, ca.1828.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

no. 36
Vaughan, William, Barker, Elizabeth E., Harrison, Colin, et al. Samuel Palmer 1805- 1881 : Vision and Landscape. London : British Museum Press 2005
Catalogue of an exhibition of drawings, etchings & woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other disciples of William Blake. London, Pub. under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963
no. 38
Samuel Palmer and his Circle : the Shoreham period, London : Arts Council of Great Britain, 1956





Subjects depicted

Woodland; Sheep; Shepherd; Rural scenes; Churches; Path




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