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The Early Ploughman

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, etched)

  • Date:

    ca.1861 - 1867 (etched)
    1926 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by A. H. Palmer, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    E.1463-1926

  • 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.

Impression from a cancelled plate, with a vertical line engraved through the centre of the design.

Place of Origin

England (probably, etched)

Date

ca.1861 - 1867 (etched)
1926 (printed)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Marks and inscriptions

A small etched triangle in the lower margin on the left.

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm plate impression (approx), Width: 25 cm plate impression (approx)

Object history note

This is an impression from the cancelled plate, defaced by a vertical line engraved through the centre of the plate. In 1926 75 impressions, on specially chosen old paper, were 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 was added in the lower margin on the left, to identify the final printing.

Descriptive line

'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. Etching by Samuel Palmer, England, ca.1861-1867. Printed from the cancelled plate in 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 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 Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1926, London: Board of Education, 1927.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Prints; Printmaking techniques

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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