The Early Ploughman, or Morning Spread Upon the Mountains
Samuel Palmer (British, London 1805–1881 Redhill, Surrey)
begun before 1861
Etching; fifth state of nine
sheet: 7 x 10 5/16 in. (17.8 x 26.2 cm)
plate: 7 x 9 7/8 in. (17.8 x 25.1 cm)
image: 5 3/16 x 7 3/4 in. (13.1 x 19.7 cm)
Gift of Theodore De Witt, 1917
Not on view
Inscription: on verso in graphite, at center: "21 b" (same hand as inscription on 17.21.47); at lower left: "11175"; signed in graphite: "Thedore de Witt" (Lugt 2428)
Marking: Stamped on verso in black ink with stamp of Thedore de Witt: "T de W" (Lugt 2428)
Theodore de Witt; Donor: Theodore de Witt
Lister E9 v/ix
Joseph Viscomi Prints by William Blake and His Followers. Ex. cat., March 15-April 17. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 1983, cat. no. 53, pp. 34, 35, ill.
Raymond Lister Catalogue Raisonne of the Works of Samuel Palmer. Cambridge, 1988, cat. no. E9 v/ix, pp. 244-5, ill.
Allen Staley The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print: etching, illustration, reproductive engraving, and photography in England in and around the 1860s. Ex. cat., Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1995, cat. no. 72, pp. 124-5.
Jerrold Northrop Moore Pastoral: An Exhibition of Printmaking in the English Pastoral Tradition from William Blake to Robin Tanner. Exh. cat.: 24 June to 18 July, 2002. The Fine Art Society, London, London, 2002, cat. no. 11, p. 29.
Gordon Cooke Samuel Palmer, His Friends and His Followers: Edward Calvert, George Richmond, Frederick Griggs, Paul Drury, Graham Sutherland, Robin Tanner. Exh. cat. The Fine Art Society, London, May 30-June 22, 2012, cat. no. 12, p. 25.
William Vaughan Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall. New Haven and London, 2015, British Museum copy, fig. no. 264, p. 303.