Published in 1906 by A. &C. Black, Surrey is a beautiful guide book illustrated by Harold Sutton Palmer (1854-1933) and described by A.R. Hope Moncrieff (d.1927). Moncrieff regularly wrote travel guides or “Black’s Guides” for A. & C. Black. Black’s Guides were produced as early as 1839 and written in an informal style. At the turn of the century Sutton Palmer began illustrating guide books for A. & C. Black.
Sutton Palmer traveled widely throughout the English countryside and specialized in rural landscape painting. His exquisite watercolors elevate Surrey from a pedestrian travel guide to a work of art in itself. Moncrieff correctly noted that his prose serves only to compliment Sutton Palmer’s landscapes and that the true focus of this book is the natural beauty of Surrey.