Samuel Palmer: The Sketchbook of 1824
Artist(s): Samuel Palmer
Author(s): Edited by Martin Butlin, foreword by William Vaughan
Year published: 2007
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated Throughout in Colour.
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This is the only sketchbook from Samuel Palmer’s visionary early years not to have been destroyed after his death.
Its pages vividly illustrate the crucial period when Palmer, a nineteen-year-old in the grip of religious and artistic fervour, first experienced his revelatory vision of a divinely ordered heaven on Earth located in the landscape and community of a still deeply rural Kent. No other source provides such an intimate record of Palmer’s artistic and spiritual struggles.
All of the sketchbook’s 162 surviving pages are presented in their original sequence and at their actual size.
Martin Butlin provides authoritative commentaries, notes and an introduction to Palmer’s life, while William Vaughan places the sketchbook in the context of the art and aesthetic of its time.
The sketchbook was first issued by the William Blake Trust in a limited edition.