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Print made by Samuel Palmer, 1805–1881

Opening the Fold

Former Title(s):

Opening the Fold or Early Morning

Additional Title(s):

Early Morning

plate etched in 1880; impression printed in 1920
Materials & Techniques:
Etching and drypoint, with plate tone (printed in brown ink by Sir Frank Short) on thin, smooth, cream laid paper
Sheet: 6 15/16 x 10 1/2 inches (17.6 x 26.7 cm), Plate: 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (15 x 21.3 cm), Image: 4 5/8 x 6 15/16 inches (11.7 x 17.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower left below plate marks: "A. 13 vi"; inscribed in graphite in different hand, lower left below plate marks: "Frank Short. imp. 27.11.20"; inscribed in graphite, lower center [in different hand?]: "Etching to illustrate "The Eclogues of Virgil", by S. Palmer. 1883. | One of 2 or 3 proofs printed by Sir Frank Short - in brown ink | [?not]-wiped | not as by S. P. who used black + insisted on every speck of white showing. M.H." ("in brown ink | [?not]-wiped" underlined; from "not as by S.P. who...", inscription is written vertically up the right edge of the sheet); inscribed in brown ink, vertically up the left edge of the sheet on the verso: "Whole duty of man. pag: 13A. Hooker's Ecclesiasticall [sic] polity. h : 5. s : 72. | Montague's new Gagg for an old Goole. pag: 273. | Spark's devotion. pag 195. in ye disquisition upon ye fast in Lent."

Remarque consisting of a small triangle drawn in outline, lower left below image within plate marks

Lettered lower left within image: "S. PALMER. INV + FEC"; lettered lower center below image within plate marks: "And folded flocks were loose to browse anew | O'er mountain thyme or trefoil wet with dew."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
birds | bugle | clouds | farming | hat | herd | hills | horn | labor | landscape | light | literary theme | morning | mountains | pipe | river | roof | sheep | shepherd | sky | smoke | sunrise | sunset | thatch | town | trees
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