Edward Calvert
Cattle on the Ridge of a Hill date not known

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Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Cattle on the Ridge of a Hill
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 189 x 271 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 was born in rural Devonshire and when he was fifteen years old he joined the navy which he left in 1820. With his taste for outdoor life and adventure he became, in the words of one twentieth century writer, 'saturated with images of rustic life, never separating Earth from her children, and seeing in the round of the seasons... a kind of sacred ritual which was to be the inspiration of his art.' In this work the spectator shares, as it were, the artist's own role as the watchful herdsman in some place out of time.

September 1998

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