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This work by Edward Calvert, Blake's follower and a member of 'the Ancients', was engraved on wood, like Blake's illustrations to Robert Thornton's 'Virgil', also displayed on this wall. It shows a weary shepherd returning home after the sun has set; his wife waits for him at the door of their cottage. The scene suggest a pastoral life, though the image of a world-weary shepherd on his donkey invites a comparison with Christ entering Jerusalem. Calvert later painted this same image in tempera and, in doing so, seems to enter even more into the spirit of Blake's biblical art.

August 2004