Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer

Rachel Campbell-Johnston


Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer

Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer

  • Title: Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer
  • Author: Rachel Campbell-Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780747595878
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover



Mysterious Wisdom is a biography of the painter Samuel Palmer, whose world of slumbering shepherds, tumbling blossoms, mystical cornfields and bright sickle moons has enchanted admirers since the 19th century.


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Palmer's paintings - very surprisingly! - were what drew me to read this book. I was looking forward to reading about about their background, composition, and hopefully an insightful assessment of the finished products. SO WHY DIDN'T THE BOOK PROVIDE IT!?It was this area of the book, which set itself out to be a life AND work, which was it's greatest weakness. In the first place there were far too few plates showing a variety of his work. Secondly, the comments in the text were very sparse, brie [...]

This is a book to shelve alongside Jenny Uglow’s wonderful biography of Thomas Bewick, ‘Nature’s Engraver’ – both books are about artists who led modest and outwardly unexceptional lives, but which illuminate those lives just as the artworks illuminate them, and create the complex world in which they moved, like a Victorian crowd-painting. A. N. Wilson's fulsome praise of this book seems a little excessive, but it is easy to understand the book's appeal, since it channels the quiet Lon [...]


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