Edward Calvert
Arcadian Herdsman date not known

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Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Arcadian Herdsman
Date Date not known
Medium Chalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 154 x 244 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Calvert's son described his father as 'one who loved to veil himself in the halo of the Golden Age, and to commune with the spirit of picturesque allegory which had inspired the Greek genius. As can be seen from 'Elemental type' displayed nearby, Calvert established principles about his art which were guided by the Classical ideal. These convey a strong sense of the spirit behind the 'Ancients' art as a whole. George Richmond described such works by Calvert as having 'a savour of antique pastoral that I have never seen surpassed'. This arcadian scene typifies much of Calvert's work.

August 2004

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