The Palmers on Art Materials

Samuel Palmer to John Linnell, Rome March 25 1838:

"If any friend is coming to Rome Please to ask them to bring me 4 cakes of pink madder from Roberson and Miller soft color in tins one or two very hard pencils would be useful … also 2 cakes of Newman’s orange vermillion mat - ‘Field’s extract’."


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Hannah Palmer to her Mother, Torre Annunziata, July 28 1838:

As we both use a great deal of Mr Varley’s Purple Grey, would Papa if the carrier goes near Smith and Warner’s get 3 cakes for us and inclose them with the other colors in the Medicine Box. We are now so used to it, that we can neither of us do without it. It is called Mr Varley’s transparent Purple Grey.


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