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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 1926
Etching and drypoint, with plate tone (printed under the supervision of Sir Frank Short, Martin Hardie and Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs, 1926) on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 7 1/4 x 11 9/16 inches (18.4 x 29.3 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, upper right: "Ec VIII"; inscribed in graphite, lower right: "Dover's House Press | Printed by F. L. Griggs"; inscribed in graphite, lower left below image within plate marks: "MH."; inscribed in graphite, lower left below plate marks: "A. 13. vii"; inscribed in graphite, lower left: "Printing proof before issue of final edition"; inscribed in graphite, lower right: "P<rinted by>F"

"DHP" in monogram, stamped in pale gray ink, of Dover's House Press, owned by Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs

Lettered lower left within image: "S. PALMER. INV + FEC"

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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