Another obvious difference, recorded neither by Alexander nor Lister, is the number of birds, now four instead of five, above the ridge, far left. The result, reached after almost fifteen years of development, is worthy of the effort. A.H. Palmer, who did not welcome the new additions to the plate, printed this superb impression at his private press and doubtless fulfilled his father’s vision . F.L. Griggs, who made the final edition in 1926, greatly approved of the changes and asserted that ….’the growth in beauty of this most beautiful of plate was mainly due to Samuel Palmer’s decision to re-bite and re-work it. Other opinion also seems to be that the later states are the most desirable. The technical skill in the transformation is wonderful.’
The claim that the choicest proofs are to be found in the sixth state is contradicted by the quality of impression of this which is in the seventh completed state.
|Images Size||13.3 x 19.9 cm&|
|Plate Size||18 x 25.4 cm&|
|Paper Size||34.2 x 55 cm|
|Reference||Alexander 9, vii/viii|