Edward Calvert
The Brook 1829

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Edward Calvert 1799–1883
The Brook
Date 1829
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 51 x 89 mm
Acquisition Presented by S. Calvert 1912
Not on display

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In Calvert's engraving of 'The Bride' which hangs nearby, nature's abundance is evoked by the inclusion on the central tree of a huge bunch of grapes on a vine, one oozing great drops of juice. In this print pastoral richness is indicated by a hive in the left-hand tree, around which bees hover and from which honey gushes forth in streams. As with the 'Cyder Feast', Calvert later removed from the block of this print its Christian inscription, 'THE WATERS OF THIS BROOK SHALL NEVER FAIL TO THE MARRIED WIFE OF THE LORD GOD'. The female figures strongly recall those on antique gems, which George Richmond remembered Calvert collecting and studying.

August 2004

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