Palmer drew this work in September 1839, towards the end of his extended honeymoon to Italy. Despite remaining in the city for six weeks, very few works from this part of his trip have survived. Raymond Lister, the Palmer scholar, only recorded two views of Florence in his catalogue raisonné. He noted that one has been untraced since 1909, while the other is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.1 A third watercolour of the city was included in a sale at Christie's on the 14 November 1989, lot 150.
1. R. Lister, Catalogue Raissonne of the Works of Samuel Palmer, London, 1988, p. 135, no. 347 and 348
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