The Early Ploughman by Samuel Palmer

The Early Ploughman by Samuel Palmer

The Early Ploughman

Samuel Palmer

Title

The Early Ploughman

 
Artist

Samuel Palmer

  1805 - 1881 (biography)
Year
before 1861, this printed later 
Technique
etching 
Image Size
5 3/16 x 7 13/16" image 
Signature
unsigned, as usual 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
 
Reference
Lister E9 (state vi/ix??; Tonneau-Ryckelynck 9 
Paper
ivory laid 
State
v/ix (?) 
Publisher
P.G. Hamerton 
Inventory ID
21301 
Price
$500.00 
Description

This impression trimmed inside the platemark, but with ample white space outside the image all around, from one of the editions of P.G. Hamerton's "Etchings and Etchers". The plate was rebitten for subsequent printings. Early states were given the alternative title "The Morning Spread Upon the Mountain."

P.G. Hamerton, in 'Etching and Etchers', pages 331-332, states: "The ploughman here, and his team of oxens, are the most perfect examples of Palmer's manner of using line and shade...The man and the animals are softly lighted by the dawn, and they are visible in the dim light with just as much definition as they would have in a good painting, and no more."