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by A.H. Palmer(?) artist's son and biographer, on left half of verso in graphite: The reflections of one of the incendiary fires / fires in Kent, I th ink about 1830 done I think / the next day - The building is, I think / Ightham Mote. A.H.P. [Palmer' s son] / Subject the harvesters hurrying away the / last of the harvest.


(sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 27 July 1951, no. 19); (The Squire Gallery, London); Nigel Warren Q.C. [1912- 1967]. (sale, Christie's London, 24 March 1981, no. 142); (Baskett and Day, London); Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1986.

Associated Names

Mellon, Paul

Exhibition History

The Great Age of British Watercolors 1750-1880, Royal Academy of Arts, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1993, no. 224.
Samuel Palmer, 1805 - 1881: Vision and Landscape, British Museum, London, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005 - 2006, no. 68.
The Artist's Vision: Romantic Traditions in Great Britain, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007
In Celebration of Paul Mellon, NGA, 2016.


Lister, Raymond. Catalogue Raisonne of the Works of Samuel Palmer. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Wilton, Andrew and Anne Lyles. The Great Age of British Watercolours 1750-1880. Exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1993: no. 224.
Vaughan, William. Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall. New Haven, 2015: 196 (noting that "the attribution to Palmer is somewhat problematical."

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