Edward Calvert The Bacchante, engraved by Welby Sherman c.1825

Artwork details

Artist
Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Title
The Bacchante, engraved by Welby Sherman
Date c.1825
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 89 x 51 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by S. Calvert 1912
Reference
A00165
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Welby Sherman (fl.1827-1836) is one of the more obscure members of the Ancients. Little is known about him other than that he was primarily an engraver. Palmer, Calvert and probably also George Richmond allowed him to engrave their designs. This image, for example, is based on a wood-engraving by Calvert, although the figure is reversed.
Sherman was perpetually short of money. Some ten years after he made this engraving, he swindled Palmer's brother William out of ¿500 in wagers on games of billiards, and fled abroad.

August 2004

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