It seems to me the charm of etching is the glimmering through of the white paper even in the shadows so that almost everything sparkles or suggest sparkles.
Letter to Thomas Oldham Barlow (1876), from The Letters of Samuel Palmer, ed. Raymond Lister (Oxford, 1974)
Rural poetry is the pleasure ground of those who live in cities.
Introduction to Palmer's translation of Virgil's Eclogues
When less than four years old I was standing with my nurse, Mary Ward, watching the shadows on the wall from branches of an elm behind which the moon had risen. I have never forgot those shadows and am often trying to paint them.
The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer, Painter and Etcher (AH Palmer, London, 1892)
I hope to begin a new plan... not sitting down to local matter but walking and watching.
The Life and letters of Samuel Palmer, Painter and Etcher (AH Palmer, London, 1892)