The Sheep of His Pasture, 1828
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.
Formerly in the collection of the English wood engraver Reynolds Stone, gifted by the publisher Sampson Low, Marston and Company.
'It is as if we are looking into the Garden of Eden before the Fall, or are eaves dropping upon the Song of Songs ... As in all his other visionary works, Calvert in ‘The Bride’ lovingly works over each detail, giving it due importance, yet keeping it within the general composition without obtrusion.' - Raymond Lister, Edward Calvert, 1962.
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