Edward Calvert, 'Ideal Pastoral Life'

Edward Calvert, 'Ideal Pastoral Life'

Edward Calvert (1799-1883)
'Ideal Pastoral Life'
1829
Lithograph; only state; signed
Museum no. E.516-1926

The second of Calvert's two lithographs evokes the bucolic delights of Virgil's Pastorals. But in the crisply drawn trees, the dark rounded hills and the crescent moon, he comes closest to both the mood and detail of Palmer's Shoreham drawings. In his personal pursuit of the classical ideal, Calvert later set up an altar to the god Pan in his garden.