Poetry made Visible -All the Etchings of Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

A Selling Exhibition at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

by Oxfordshire print dealer Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

Saturday 13th October to Sunday 21st October 2012
The Exhibition will also contain two watercolours by Samuel Palmer,
on loan from a Private Collection
Palmer - Sleeping ShepherdPalmer – Sleeping ShepherdImpressions of each of Palmer’s finished idyllic landscapes, and from four of the plates started by him just before his death but completed by his son, will be offered for sale, together with etchings by his peers and followers.
In addition, appropriately for the venue, there will be a supplementary selection of images of Barns, from the 17th to the 21st centuries, including works by Adriaen van Ostade, Jean Francois Janinot, William Palmer Robins, Ian Strang, Anthony Gross, Howard Phipps and others.

A catalogue, which illustrates all the prints, is available at the exhibition, price £5 (£10 by post)

Palmer Rising MoonPalmer Rising MoonThe emotional power of Palmer’s work has inspired several generations of English etchers (and at least one Australian) to work in the romantic tradition, if only for a few years, as in the case of Graham Sutherland. The show includes examples by Paul Drury and Robin Tanner, students with Sutherland at Goldsmith’s in the 1920s, and by F.L. Griggs, the renowned Campden artist.

It is this link between Griggs and Palmer that makes Court Barn so appropriate a venue. Griggs was a great admirer of Palmer’s etchings, both in their technique and their English pastoral vision. In Campden he found his personal equivalent to Palmer’s Shoreham, the Kent village which inspired Palmer’s early vision and he was visited in Campden by Sutherland and Drury, who used the Dover’s House press.

Furthermore, Griggs’s links with A.H. Palmer, the artist’s son, who had emigrated to Canada, led to the his being entrusted with printing the plates still remaining uncancelled, and making available a new and final edition of five Palmer plates, including the early and late masterpieces ‘Christmas’ and ‘The Bellman’.


Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
Admission charges
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
Opening times
October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays) and Closed 24 Dec, reopening second Tuesday in January.

Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.

Source: Court Barn Museum