The family of Edward Palmer had been identified with Warwickshire from the time of William the Conqueror.
During the later years of his life Palmer resided in London, and his collection of rarities and ancient Greek and Roman coins was well known among literary men. This school of fine arts in America was projected years before Dean Berkeley projected his college in the Bermudas (see Berkeley, George) and brought John Smybert (q. v.) with him to cultivate art therein.
In 1791 Archibald Robertson, a Scotchman and a portrait-painter, established a seminary in the city of New York which he called the Columbian Academy of Painting.
He succeeded well, and his pupils did honor to the institution.
In 1801 Robert R. Livingston, then American minister in France, proposed the establishment of an academy of fine arts in New York.
He wrote to friends, suggesting the raising of funds by subscription for the purpose of purchasing copies of antique statuary and paintings for the instruct