Etching: 1850. The plate signed. First published state, 1882, lettered with Palmer’s name and the title “Christmas” From Bampfylde’s Sonnet. On laid paper.
The theme is from a sonnet by John Codrington Bampfield (1754-96)
…Old Christmas comes to close the wanèd year,
And aye the shepherd’s heart to make right glad;
Who, when his teeming flocks are homeward had,
To blazing hearth repairs, and nut brown beer;
And views, well-pleas’d the ruddy prattlers dear
Hug the grey mongrel; …
1st Letter: From A.H.P to G.R. Dated 16th September 1881 (end of letter missing). In the letter he talks of completing the Memoir in time to accompany the exhibition of his fathers work at the Fine Art Society in the Autumn.
2nd Letter: From A.H.P to G.R. Dated 14th November 1883. Thanking G.R. for his kind remarks in connection with the Memoir and describing the processes in which the book was made. He calls on G.R’s help for information about ” the delightful old days,” to include in a new version of a Memoir he is working on.