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A medieval European pilgrim who carried a palm branch as a token of having visited the Holy Land.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman palmer, paumer, from Medieval Latin palmārius : Latin palma, palm; see palm2 + -ārius, n. suff.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) a pilgrim bearing a palm branch as a sign of his visit to the Holy Land
2. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) an itinerant monk
3. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) any pilgrim
4. (Angling) any of various artificial angling flies characterized by hackles around the length of the body
[C13: from Old French palmier, from Medieval Latin palmārius, from Latin palma palm]


1. (Biography) Arnold. born 1929, US professional golfer: winner of seven major championships, including four in the US Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964) and two in the British Open (1961,1962)
2. (Biography) Samuel. 1805–81, English painter of visionary landscapes, influenced by William Blake
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(ˈpɑ mər, ˈpɑl-)

1. a pilgrim, esp. of the Middle Ages, who had returned from the Holy Land bearing a palm branch as a token.
2. any religious pilgrim.
[1250–1300; Middle English palmer(e) < Anglo-French palmer, Old French palmier < Medieval Latin palmārius, Latin: palmary]


(ˈpɑ mər)

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Through this intense colour and light there is a sense of joy and wonder which is reminiscent of the glow of a Samuel Palmer drawing or an early Graham Sutherland etching.
It was listed by Karen Gole and Samuel Palmer of New Horizons Realty and sold by Vincent DellaSperanzo of Century 21 Cor Ace Realty.
Figures such as Gwen Raverat, Clare Leighton, Graham Sutherland, Paul Dalou Drury and Robin Tanner developed a distinctly British pastoral tradition of prints that looked to Thomas Bewick, William Blake and Samuel Palmer before them.
This is The Valley of Vision, a tone-poem inspired by the paintings of Samuel Palmer. The visual arts are a major stimulus in Philip's work (an earlier piece was inspired by a painting by Kandinsky), and he tells me more about their influence on his creative process.
The first work the visitor encountered upon entering the space was Otto-Knapp's Monotones (Moonlit scene after Samuel Palmer), 2016, an expansive watercolor landscape of misty forms arrayed across a dark ground.
For example, those parts devoted to the early-eighteenth-century painter and writer Jonathan Richardson and the early-nineteenth-century artist Samuel Palmer might be more than most teachers wish to know, but for those so interested there is enough to satisfy.
Some evoke the work of the visionary Samuel Palmer as scenes often seem to be suffused with a divine kind of light.
Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) for the poetry that is conveyed in his work.
Pears and Britten were exchanging birthday presents, and I believe it was Britten who gave Pears a Samuel Palmer watercolour of some beauty, when (if my memory serves me correctly) a cheque changed hands for PS28,000.
Kilbourn's sumptuous visions remind me of a fellow nature worshiper with an equally textured style: early nineteenth-century British Romantic painter Samuel Palmer. In the work of both artists, there is a kind of quiet ecstasy expressed that makes them a pleasure to behold again and again.
One Flexner drawing seems to be channeling English Romantic painter Samuel Palmer; the next one looks like something envisioned by Palmer's friend William Blake.
An essay by Peyton Skipwith provides a fascinating survey of the period 1880-1930 in England, bringing out the connections between earlier masters such as Samuel Palmer and Charles Meryon, and younger generations associated especially with the Slade and Goldsmiths.