Calvert, Edward (1799-1883), 'The Cyder Feast', Wood Engraving, 1828 (published 1893)

'The Cyder Feast', Wood Engraving, 1828 (published 1893)

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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 September 1818 Palmer wrote to George Richmond that 'Mr Calvert I found... finishing with surprising rapidity... a beautiful and luxuriant design of the cider pressing: a wood-engraving'. The subject may contain memories of apple harvests that Calvert had perhaps witnessed during his childhood in the cider country of Western England. It's theme, as for most of Calvert's prints, is the fertility and abundance of nature. Earlier states of the print were inscribed with the words 'By the Gift of God in Christ'. However Calvert later removed them, thus helping reinforce the essentially pagan character of the subject." - Tate

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Image Size 7.6 x 12.7 cm
Sheet Size 26.5 x 36.5 cm
Reference Lister 7C, iii/iii

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