The first published edition, as issued in 'Samuel Palmer, A Memoir' by A.H.Palmer in 1882.
This etching was inspired by lines from a sonnet by John Codrington Bampfylde (1754-1796):
Old Christmas comes, to close the wanéd year,
And aye the shepherd’s heart to make right glad;
Who, when his teeming flocks are homeward had,
To blazing hearth repairs, and nut-brown beer;
Reference: Lister E4, iv/v.
Image Size: 9.9 x 8.1 cm
Plate Size: 12.4 x 10.2 cm