A very fine impression, trimmed to the image and laid onto card by the artist. An engraver's pattern proof with the following unique copperplate inscription (in ink) below.
"The Sleeping Shepherd"
"The Ploughman seeks the upward lawn
O'er watch'd the shepherd nods at dawn"
The same couplet in pencil in Palmer's hand lies below the inscription.
The print was later issued in 'Etchings for the Art Union of London by The Etching Club' in 1857, as plate 5 with the artists name engraved (in a similar copperplate hand) below the image. The present inscription may have been abandoned because it was too tight with the bottom plate edge.
Provenance: Collection of George Richmond.
Reference: Lister 6, post first state.
Image Size: 9.5 x 7.7 cm