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The Soul crossing the Styx
oil on paper on canvas
28.7 × 39.8 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1921
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
In 1826 Edward Calvert met Samuel Palmer and became a member of the Blake circle in London. Under William Blake’s influence he produced a number of small-scale, minutely detailed and imaginative engravings, drawings and watercolours. In 1844 he travelled to Greece, and from this period date a number of oil paintings of arcadian subjects, including the two examples displayed here. In ancient Greek literature, the ferryman Charon sailed souls from the land of the living across the River Styx to the domain of the dead.


Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf