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

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)

  • Date:

    ca.1861 - 1867 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)
    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching print on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1891-1919

  • 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

ca.1861 - 1867 (etched)

Artist/maker

Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)
Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Samuel Palmer'
Signed in pencil.

'A. H. P. Private Press. Very fine proof.'
Annotated.

'A. H. P. November 7 1873, No.4: Retroussage under the direction of S. P. on Spalding and Hodge (paper).'
Inscribed on the back.

Dimensions

Height: 17.8 cm Plate, Width: 25.1 cm Plate

Object history note

First published state.

Descriptive line

Etching. Samuel Palmer. The Early Ploughman (also known as The Morning Spread upon the Mountains), ca. 1861-1867. 'Very fine proof'.

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.
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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Production Note

The plate was begun before 1861.

Attribution note: First published state.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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