Early Morning - Opening the Fold

Samuel Palmer, 1880

WAG 1559

About this object

Palmer's artistic development was largely the result of his association with the artists John Linnell (1792 - 1882), John Varley (1778 - 1842), William Blake (1757 - 1827), William Mulready 1786 - 1863) and George Richmond 1809 - 1896). The influence of Blake and Varley was particulary strong.

Palmer began to etch quite late in his career. This print was made the year before he died.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Palmer (British: English, born:27 January 1805, died:24 May 1881)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 11.9 cm x 17.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A herd of sheep are released from an enclosure in the foreground. The herdsman stands beneath a tree on the right. The sunlight begins to emerge from behind rocky mountains in the distance.
  • Related people
    Samuel Palmer (Artist/maker); James Smith (Previous owner)
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith in 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S PALMER INNYFFC
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: On plate; Lower left
  • Inscription text: S Palmer
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate, Lower right
  • Inscription text: Early Morning - Opening the Fold, Illustration to Eclogues of Virgil (no 8) by Samuel Palmer
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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