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.
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).
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
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