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Edward Calvert : “The Ploughman, or Christian Ploughing the Last Furrow of Life” (1827)

Archival Inkjet (Giclée) on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
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Edward Calvert was one of the principal members of the artistic brotherhood known as The Ancients; youthful devotees of William Blake who were attracted to the moral and aesthetic values of early Renaissance art. Meeting at Samuel Palmer’s cottage in the village of Shoreham, Kent, they reveled in the discovery of an unspoiled countryside that evoked the pastoral ideals of a bygone era. They made art that probed the hidden essence beneath the visible world; enchanted landscapes and rural scenes where every sheepfold, star and furrow is charged with spiritual significance.

Produced in the year of Blake’s death, The Ploughman, or Christian Ploughing the Last Furrow of Life, was the first of Calvert’s visionary wood engravings. Its title is an allusion to Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.” The ploughman’s gaze fixed upon the vision of the Good Shepard, he is protected from the serpent that would strike at his heel. Calvert often juxtaposed Christian and Pagan imagery, as in the nude musicians dancing among the trees.

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use pigment-based inks and high-density cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Produced using only archival materials, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are therefore cropped to fit an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this problem by including accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In most cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

Shipping and Returns

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International, Excluding Canada *
 
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USPS First Class International $17.99 1 – 4 weeks
USPS Priority Mail Express $62.99 3 – 5 business days

* International orders may be subject to import taxes at time of delivery.

Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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