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Ideal Pastoral Life

Item Code: EC-70434
Medium
Lithograph
Date of Work
1828 / 1904
Edition Size
30
Signed
Signed in plate
Height (cm)
4
Width (cm)
7.5
Suite
The Carfax Portfolio
From The Carfax Portfolio 1904.

It is a summer night in a sweetly scented valley, peaceful clouds pass across the face of the moon, and Venus shines nearby...

It is a happy scene, innocent as symbolized by the naked figures, like a passage from Daphnis and Chloe, for her, once more, the classical is in the ascendant.
Edward Calvert PortraitCalvert, born in 1799, began life with a brief stint in the Navy before the death of a close friend during a bombardment of Algiers prompted him to leave and follow a less promising career as a painter and printmaker. Early technical encouragement came by way of the Royal Academy, where Calvert was admitted in 1825, but it was a subsequent friendship with the younger Samuel Palmer, who would introduce Calvert to Blake and his mystic circle of companions, that proved instrumental to his artistic development.

Time spent with the Ancients was, for Calvert, illuminating and inspirational, their meetings in Palmer’s cottage - ‘Rat Alley’, as it was affectionately known - involving discussions of poetry, printing technique and deeper spiritual musings. The elder Blake, whom Palmer described as a ‘prophet’ and a ‘man without a mask’, impressed upon Calvert and the group an ardent religious appreciation for Nature and the earth, as well as instructing the young artist in the process of wood-engraving and the visionary artistic style.

Calvert’s work after Blake’s death immediately matured, as if the loss of such an inspirational figure had spurred him on to greater heights. The period that followed from 1827 to 1831 is universally considered to have been Calvert’s pinnacle, comprising wood and copper engravings and lithographs all characterised by fine, dextrous lines depicting sylvan vistas - imagery redolent of both classical pastoral scenes and symbolic Christian parables.
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