Calvert, Edward (1799-1883), 'The Brook', Wood Engraving, 1829 (published 1893)

'The Brook', Wood Engraving, 1829 (published 1893)

From the edition of 350, as issued in the 'Memoir of Edward Calvert' (1893), the first published edition. Printed on wove paper.

The plate from which this was printed is now preserved in the British Museum.

"In Calvert's engraving of 'The Bride', 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 'The Brook' 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." - Tate

Image Size 5.1 x 8.8 cm
Reference Lister 12C, iii/iii

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