Look Again: The ACM Collection Inspires the Boston Printmakers

Art Complex Museum Exhibition, Duxbury, Massachusetts

May 17 – September 6, 2015

The Lamb
The Lamb
Kate Hanlon Georgetown MA 2015 woodcut 32 ½ x 44 ½“ Initially, I was merely charmed by this idyllic pastoral scene: “The Sheep of His Pasture,” a tiny engraving by Edward Calvert. In response to his original impulse, and to expand upon it, I searched for a poem or prayer that had Christian connotations and made reference to sheep. It wasn’t until after I’d chosen William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence: The Lamb,” and fully cut the text into the fleece of my woodcut lamb (look again!), that I discovered that Calvert was one of only a few artists who were directly influenced by Blake. In fact, Calvert’s engraving, created a year after Blake’s death, is a copy of the eighth of Blake’s wood engravings for Thornton’s Virgil, so in a sense, things have come full circle. Coincidence? Or synchronicity?"