Edward Calvert, The Chamber Idyll

KC’s ‘nightcap’ during the first Culture Club meeting was Edward Calvert’s ‘The Chamber Idyll’. Here is a reproduction of the engraving from the Tate site:

Edward Calvert, The Chamber Idyll
Edward Calvert, The Chamber Idyll, 1831

The Tate says:

‘”The Chamber Idyll” is a truly original image, and is usually regarded as Calvert’s masterpiece. It is a sensuous vision of a bucolic honeymoon. The cottage stands open to the warm night, apples litter the floor, and a plough is silhouetted on the far right-hand horizon emphasising the end of the day’s labours. The print, with its fine engraved lines, is an astonishing technical achievement for an artist who had been making prints for only four years. Yet after this work Calvert abandoned printmaking altogether.’

He only made eleven engravings, and you can see them all at the Tate site.

One response to “Edward Calvert, The Chamber Idyll”

  1. […] But other contemporaries held contrary opinions. James Ward, who had often met Blake in society and talked with him, would never hear him called mad. Likewise, his fellow artist Edward Calvert said: ‘I saw nothing but sanity. Saw nothing mad in his conduct, actions or character.’ And another contemporary, one Mr Finch, summed up his recollections thus: ‘He was not mad, but perverse and willful.’ […]

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