This is Palmer’s first etching which gained him election to the Etching Club. It is based on a watercolour of the same subject. The Cotswold Gallery produced this impression in 1926 as part of their Final Edition of five Palmer etchings. It was printed by three admirers of Palmer including the artist and etcher Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs. Palmer was a meticulous etcher. Working from paper studies he spent days perfecting his initial composition until it was faultless. He worked repeatedly on the same plate until he achieved his desired effect. Palmer arranged for a professional to print his plates and provided detailed notes on how he wished them to be printed.
Samuel Palmer was a lifelong friend of George Richmond and is considered to be one of Britain’s most original artists, and a key figure in the Romantic movement.