Edward Calvert

Arcadian Herdsman

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 154 x 244 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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