Edward Calvert (1799-1883)

Wood engraving by Calvert, The Brook

The poetic landscape and mythological painter Edward Calvert, an important follower of William Blake, was born in Devonshire, entering the navy before becoming an artist. He studied under James Ball and Ambrose Johns, a highly regarded local landscape painter. He then moved to London, studying at the RA Schools and meeting Blake, under whose influence he quickly fell. Calvert’s first picture at the Royal Academy was The Shepherdess (1827), following which he contributed a few other pictures through to 1836. He was a skilled wood engraver, and his woodcuts are better known than his paintings. Two unfinished studies and one small complete work, Ulysses and the Sirens are in Birmingham. Other works are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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