Edward Calvert, 'The Bride'

Edward Calvert, 'The Bride'

Edward Calvert (1799-1883)
'The Bride'
1828
Engraving; signed
Impression from the portfolio 'The Early Engravings of Edward Calvert', published by the Carfax Gallery, London, 1904
Museum no. E.507-1926

Blake, after a lifetime of work as a engraver in the old trade tradition, never commanded the effortless facility with the burin that Calvert achieved in 'The Bride'. The figure of the bride, which Calvert may have taken from a classical gemstone, together with the luscious landscape setting, suggest the rich eroticism of the biblical 'Song of Solomon'.