One of his pupils, Louisa Twining (1829-1911), a member of the well known family of tea and coffee merchants, recalled Palmer's teaching in her autobiography, 'Recollections of Life and Work (1893):
'In 1856, my last and most delightful drawing instruction was given by Samuel Palmer, in water-colour landscapes, the want of which i had felt in taking sketches on our various foreign journeys, hitherto only done in pencil. It was not only a rich treat to watch him painting the beautiful pictures which were developed out of his imagination from day to day, and formed the lesson (afterwards possessed by me), but also to listen to his original and striking conversation, combined with the profoundest rules and directions concerning art.'
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, possesses a series of notes by Miss Twinning made in 1856 during these lessons.
Provenance: C.D Snell; Sotheby's, 1976; Raymond and Pamela Lister; Stanley J Seeger.
Exhibited: 'Palmer and the Ancients', Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Size: 19.7 x 29.8 cm