The Ploughman, 1827 / 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.
'As in all of Calvert’s wood-engravings, the whole design may be enlarged enormously without the loss of effect. To assist me in writing this monograph I had an enlargement made of this engraving, measuring 11¾” x 7¾”. Even at this size the engraving appears so fine that one is amazed by it; no coarseness is visible at all. How much more wonderful it is in its original size of 5⅛” x 3¼”!' - Raymond Lister Edward Calvert.
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