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  • Place of origin:

    Cornwall (drawn)

  • Date:

    1858 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk drawing on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Leaf from a Cornish sketchbook; a drawing of a coastal view of curving, rocky cliffs in the foreground with a vista of the sea beyond.

Place of Origin

Cornwall (drawn)


1858 (drawn)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'sun shining on rippled sea [arrow pointing upwards] Black [last word cropped at bottom.'
Inscribed in pencil, lower-left.

'Brilliant light green on 2 edge / very near foreground grass / & flowers'
Inscribed at lower-right.

'Cornwall 29'
Inscribed at right vertical edge.


Height: 10.6 cm, Width: 17.8 cm

Object history note

In his book The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer, A. H. Palmer states that his father visited Devon and Cornwall four times between the years 1848 and 1858. A letter form the artist to Edward Calvert dated 25 June 1848 describes the wild scenery of the north Cornish coast.

Descriptive line

Leaf from a Cornish sketchbook, showing a coastal view of curving, rocky cliffs. Black chalk drawing on paper. By Samuel Palmer, England, 1858.

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

Lister, Raymond. Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Samuel Palmer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. 279p, ill (b&w). ISBN 0521344557. catalogue no.559, p.183.


Black chalk; Paper



Subjects depicted

Seascapes; Cliffs




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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