June 2019

Paradise Regained: The Life and Art of Samuel Palmer - Timothy Wilcox

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:00
The Gateway Christian Centre
Monk Street Abergavenny NP7 5ND

The early watercolours and drawings of Samuel Palmer evoke a rural idyll far removed from  modern industrial Britain. 

Paradise Regained: The Life and Art of Samuel Palmer - Timothy Wilcox

The early watercolours and ink drawngs of Samuel Palmer evoke a rural idyll, a vision of a secure village life seemingly far removed from the harsh realities of modern industrial Britain. But while his mentor, William Blake, seemed to live in a world of pure fantasy, Palmer struggled to maintain a balance between his actual experience and the ideals which fuelled his art. He was not alone: in their different ways both Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites tried to resist the pressures of materialism in favour of highr truths. After decades of self-doubt, only towards the end of his life did Palmer find a way to paint not only what he saw but also what he felt: his series of watercolours inspired by Milton form a fitting climax to his life's journey and are among the most dazzling and sumptuous of the entire Victorian period.

Timoth Wilcox read Modern Languages at Cambrigdge, then History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. He was a curator at the V & A, in Liverpool and Hove: from 2001-03 was acting Assistant Keeper in the British MuseumDepartment of Prints and Drawings. As a freelance curator and lecturer since 1997, he has taught at the Universities of Brighton and Surrey ans the Cambridge Summer School. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the Tate, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery and elsewhere.