The Lady and The Rooks, 1828 / 1904
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.
‘The Lady with the Rooks’ is one of Calvert’s prettiest works. In it he leaves the timelessness of classicism and mysticism, and becomes mediaeval... A young woman, graceful and beautiful, flimsily clad, walks towards us. The time could be early morning or late evening in summer, for the sun is low in the sky, the atmosphere is quiet, and the breeze is still.
'If it were not for the existence of ‘The Chamber Idyll’ I should place it as perhaps the most original and perfect of Calvert’s engravings.' Raymond Lister Edward Calvert.
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