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Etching - The Early Ploughman
  • The Early Ploughman
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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The Early Ploughman

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)

  • Date:

    c.1861 - 1867 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.456-1953

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 11, box A

Physical description

Rural scene showing a ploughman driving a pair of oxen, with plough, towards the left of the image. Birds are taking flight above a bridge to the left of the scene and a figure holding a pot on their head is standing by a line of trees to the right.

Place of Origin

England (etched)

Date

c.1861 - 1867 (etched)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Working proof. before addition of the dark tree on the right in published state. Martin Hardie has one earlier and one later working proof F. .S. Decr. 1912'
Inscribed in pencil by Sir Frank Short.

A further note is inscribed on the mount.

Dimensions

Height: 18.1 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Object history note

This etching was formerly in the collection of Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E., R.I.

Descriptive line

Samuel Palmer. 'The Early Ploughman' (also known as 'The Morning Spread upon the Mountains'). Rural scene showing a ploughman driving a pair of oxen as the sun rises behind the hillside. England, c.1861-1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings & Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other Disciples of William Blake October 20 - December 31, 1926. London : Published under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926. Publication No. 178 E.I.D.
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings & Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other Disciples of William Blake October 20 - December 31, 1926. London : Published under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926. Publication No. 178 E.I.D. pp.79-80.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963

Production Note

Begun before 1861.

Attribution note: Working proof

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Birds; Bridge; Trees; Rural scenes; Oxen; Plough; Pot; Ploughing; Agriculture; Landscape; Ploughmen

Categories

Prints; Landscapes

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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