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Etching - Opening the Fold
  • Opening the Fold
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881
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Opening the Fold

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, etched)
    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1880 (etched)
    1926(?) (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Presented by A. H. Palmer, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Etching of a pastoral scene: a shepherd pipes his sheep out of the fold as the sun rises over a picturesque landscape.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)
England (printed)


1880 (etched)
1926(?) (printed)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'F. S. - M.H. - F. L.G.'
Signed in pencil.

A small etched triangle in the lower margin on the left, to identify the final printing.


Height: 15.1 cm Image, Width: 21.4 cm Image

Object history note

This design illustrates some lines in 'An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil', by Samuel Palmer, 1883.
Final state. One of 50 impressions, on specially chosen old paper, printed under the supervision of Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E., R.I., Martin Hardie, R.I., R.E., and F. L. Griggs, A.R.A., R.E., before the cancelling of the plate. A small etched triangle has been added in the lower margin on the left, to identify the final printing. Plate destroyed.

Descriptive line

'Opening the Fold', a pastoral scene. Etching print (final state) by Samuel Palmer, England, 1880. Printed ca.1926.

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

Catalogue of an exhibition of drawings, etchings & woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and other disciples of William Blake. London, Pub. under the authority of the Board of Education, 1926
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.84-87.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1926, London: Board of Education, 1927.

Production Note

Attribution note: Final State


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Landscape; Pastoral; Sheep; Shepherds


Prints; Illustration; Printmaking techniques

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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