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Watercolour drawing - St Catherine's fair
  • St Catherine's fair
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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St Catherine's fair

  • Object:

    Watercolour drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Guildford (painted)

  • Date:

    1844 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour drawings on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 200, box A

Physical description

Three sketches on one sheet of the fair by St. Catherine's Chapel, near Guildford, Surrey and a slight sketch of a tent. On the verso are slight sketches of a tower on a hill and the side of a cliff.

Place of Origin

Guildford (painted)


1844 (painted)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour drawings on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Guildford 1844'

'St Catherines far (sic) St C's Chapel near Guildford Surrey Fair on St Catherines HIll near Guildford October 2 & 3 When the wind blew strongly it discovered the ribbing of the booths.

'By Samuel Palmer. From A.H. Palmer's collection.'
Inscribed on the mount in a later hand.


Height: 19.1 cm Size of sheet, Width: 27.6 cm Size of sheet

Object history note

This drawing was formerly in the collection of Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E., R.I.

Descriptive line

Samuel Palmer. Three sketches on one sheet of a fair near Guildford, Surrey. 1844.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963


Pencil; Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Cliffs; Tents; Chapels; Fairs; Towers


Drawings; Entertainment & Leisure


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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