A Welsh Torrent

Harold Sutton Palmer (1854 - 1933)

Watercolour on paper

1875
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Uruguay
    City: Montevideo
    Place: British Embassy

    The dark form of a Welsh mountain dominates this watercolour by Harold Sutton Palmer. Beneath the mountain a torrent, or fast moving stream, cuts through the rocky green landscape and races beneath a precarious bridge.

  • About the artist
    Harold Sutton Palmer was born in Devonport; the son of a china merchant. His family moved to London and he was educated at Camden Town High School and the South Kensington Schools. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, from 1870. After switching from still life to landscape, aged 20, he began illustrating books for publisher A. & C. Black. He painted landscapes in Surrey, Berkshire, the Lake District and Scotland for various A. & C. Black titles. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Landscape (1892) and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (1920). From 1880 he held one-man shows in London and New York. In 1889 he married Maud Moore in San Jose, California, and later illustrated ‘California: The Land of the Sun’ (1914).
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  • Details
    Title
    A Welsh Torrent
    Date
    1875
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 56.00 cm, width: 77.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 12 October 1976
    Inscription
    Sdbl: 'Sutton Palmer 1875'
    Provenance
    Collection of Miss Edith Barber; collection of soldier and equestrian Major (Alexander) Ronald George Strutt, 4th Baron Belper (1912-1999) of Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire; by whom sold through Christie's, London, 'English Drawings and Watercolours' sale, on 12 October 1976 (Lot 157); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    12491