Ancients, Shoreham Ancients, Extollagers definition

The term "Ancients" is the title applied to a group of Britich Romantic artists in the early 1800s who were attracted to medieval things.  They were also called the Shoreham Ancients and the Extollagers.    Their work was primarily pastoral and they were greatly inspired by the writings of William Blake (1757 - 1827).  Edward Calvert, George Richmond and Samuel Palmer were representatives of the group.  They assembled in Blake's residence and at the residence of Samuel Palmer. The subject matter portrayed in the group included things taken from Scripture and their ideas of pastoral innocence.