attributed to Samuel Palmer

Fantasy View of Lake Nemi

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Attributed to Samuel Palmer 1805–1881
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 285 × 466 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Samuel Palmer is now chiefly remembered for the visionary English views he created under the influence of William Blake. However, in the 1820s, Palmer achieved greater fame and success with his later classical landscapes. These were often imbued with a spirit of fantasy.

This work would have been seen as part of a long tradition of Italianate fantasy views (known as capricci). However, the heightened colours and wiry draughtsmanship of this design were very modern.

Gallery label, August 2004

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