Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)

  • Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)
  • Sunset in the Catskills, July, 1872
  • Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
  • 9 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches
  • Inscribed verso: July 1872
  • Estate of the Artist

Endowed with remarkable skill, Walter Launt Palmer was surrounded by creative talent very early in his life. As the son of master sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, he was introduced to the arts not only by his father but also by the many artists who visited the family home in Albany, New York: “Among them were Frederic E. Church, Kensett, McEntee and Hubbard.”[1] In fact, these artists may have steered young Palmer towards painting instead of sculpture.

Palmer began his formal artistic training under Charles Loring Elliot, and by 1870 he was put under the schooling of Frederic Church at Olana, his estate near Hudson, New York. By 1873, Palmer made one of many trips abroad to work with Emile Carolus-Duran. It was at this time that he met John Singer Sargent, who was highly influential and also a student of Carolus-Duran.[2]

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Walter Launt Palmer Sunset in the Catskills July 1872
Walter Launt Palmer Sunset in the Catskills July 1872 unframed
Walter Launt Palmer Sunset in the Catskills July 1872 unframed