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Harold Sutton Palmer was born in Plymouth in 1854. He trained for two years at the South Kensington Schools, where he won a gold medal.

Sutton Palmer is celebrated for his masterful watercolours, which are of universal appeal. His passion and ability for drawing were evident from an early age, and his career path was clear. Originally, upon leaving training Sutton Palmer devoted his skills almost entirely to painting still life studies, but he then progressed to painting landscapes in watercolour, a genre and medium to which he remained faithful for the rest of his career.

The technical skill of his work is considerable, and his capacity to capture subtleties of colour and tone have been highly influential for subsequent generations of artists. Whether sharpening his focus on panoramic views or sweeping landscapes, or on details such as rushing streams or snapshots of villages, his works all bear the hallmark of an artist with consummate skill. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, London from 1870.

Between 1880 and 1920 Palmer held many dedicated shows in England, as well as one in New York. He also worked as an illustrator for numerous books, and his work is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum. For over 80 years Gladwell & Patterson have placed the finest examples of the artist’s work with our clients.

The British countryside provided him with an endless array of subjects that would come to dominate his oeuvre for the rest of his career.

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