Like Palmer, Calvert was inspired by Blake's Virgil illustrations, and during those years produced a series of wood-cuts, mostly very small. He also made some engravings on copper, one of which is 'The Bride' [Tate Gallery A00157]. It is inscribed 'O God! Thy bride seeketh thee. A stray lamb is led to thy folds.' But it already displays a lush and pagan eroticism that was eventually to overwhelm Calvert's Christian faith. Particularly telling in this evocation of a landscape flowing with natural abundance are the huge bunches of grapes on the vine growing up the tree in the centre. One of them, on the right of the tree-trunk, is so ripe that it is oozing great drops of juice.
Calvert's eroticism found its most intense expression in his tiny, extraordinary, wood engraving 'The Chamber Idyll,' while the theme of natural fertility also appears in another wood engraving, 'The Ploughman' [Tate Gallery A00159].
Simon Wilson, Tate Gallery: An Illustrated Companion, Tate Gallery, London, revised edition 1991, p.71