CALVERT, Edward (1799-1883) ~ The Ploughman, or Christian Ploughing the Last Furrow of Life.
Original wood engraving, printed on thick wove paper. Third State of the engraving. 83 x 128 mms. Framed.
The earliest of Calvert’s visionary wood engravings, made in the year of Blake’s death who had such a strong influence on Calvert and this work in particular.
The first state was printed by the artist in only six impressions.
This third state was the one printed in Calvert’s first formal publicaiton “A Memoir of Edward Calvert, Artist; by his Third Son’ in 1893, the printing is from, and in the Carfax Portfolio of 1904 for which a further 30 impressions were issued. The block from which this was printed is now in the British Museum.