The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 21, 2018

The Golden Hour, 1865

watercolor and gouache with graphite and scraping, Sheet: 25.6 x 35.4 cm (10 1/16 x 13 7/8 in.). The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2009.3

Inspired by William Blake, Palmer developed a personal and emotionally charged style of landscape painting that celebrated nature as the product of divine creation. This watercolor of a spectacularly colorful sunset over the hills of Surrey was painted by Palmer toward the end of his life. An autumn sky heavy with rows of cumulus clouds shimmers in a pattern of pink and amethyst, as slivers of golden light emanate from the setting sun. The idyllic landscape is an elegy not only to a passing day, but to the brevity of life itself.

Signed, lower left in brown watercolor: S. Palmer Verso: Never let drawings on London Board be thinned by removing paper from the back. / This drawing would be unchanged after 3 centuries if the frame were in / a folding case with a door - & unnecessary exposure to light avoided. / See Mifords [sic] in B. Museum / SP / apply moisture / do not tear these off /

Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art" shown 10 Feb to 26 May 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. London: D Giles Limited, 2013. Pg 10; pg 114-5, cat 38.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (02/10/2013 - 05/26/2013); "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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