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Watercolour - Landscape with a Barn, Shoreham, Kent
  • Landscape with a Barn, Shoreham, Kent
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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Landscape with a Barn, Shoreham, Kent

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Shoreham (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    c. 1828 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 13, box A

Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) taught himself to paint. He greatly admired the work of the artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). He especially admired Blake’s visionary approach and his lack of respect for conventional watercolour techniques.

This watercolour has a magical, powerful and dreamlike quality. Palmer painted it during his ‘Shoreham Period’. He stayed in Shoreham, a village in the English county of Kent, from 1826 until about 1834.

Physical description

View of a track through a woodland, leading down a slight hill in the distance to a stile. On the right of the image is a simple thatched roof barn, with a set of two-wheeled carts under it. There is a large tree in the foreground on the right and grey and white clouds in the sky in the background.
On the back is an ink sketch of a turreted castle.

Place of Origin

Shoreham (probably, painted)


c. 1828 (painted)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Saml. Palmer fect.'


Height: 27.8 cm, Width: 45 cm

Descriptive line

Samuel Palmer. Landscape with a Barn, Shoreham, Kent. England, c.1828.

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

Vaughan, William, Elizabeth E. Barker and Colin Harrison, eds. Samuel Palmer 1805-1881: Vision and Landscape. London: The British Museum Press, 2005. 256 p., ill. (chiefly col.). Catalogue of the exhibition held at the British Museum, 12 October 2005 – 22 January 2006. ISBN 0714126411. Cat. no. 42, p. 118, illus.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.





Subjects depicted

Landscape; Carts; Barn; Thatching; Stile; Trees


Drawings; Paintings; Landscapes; Topography


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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