Edward Calvert The Cyder Feast 1828

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Artist
Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Title
The Cyder Feast
Date 1828
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 76 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by S. Calvert 1912
Reference
A00162
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In September 1818 Palmer wrote to George Richmond that 'Mr Calvert I found... finishing with surprising rapidity... a beautiful and luxuriant design of the cider pressing: a wood-engraving'. The subject may contain memories of apple harvests that Calvert had perhaps witnessed during his childhood in the cider country of Western England. It's theme, as for most of Calvert's prints, is the fertility and abundance of nature. Earlier states of the print were inscribed with the words 'By the Gift of God in Christ'. However Calvert later removed them, thus helping reinforce the essentially pagan character of the subject.

August 2004

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