Thomas Bewick

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Thomas Bewick
BirthplaceMickley, Northumberland, England
Wood engraver,
Natural history author

Bewick, Thomas

(byo͞o`ĭk), 1753–1828, English wood engraver. Bewick pioneered in the revival of original wood engraving. Among his famous early works are his illustrations for John Gay's Fables (1779), for Aesop's Select Fables (1784), and for Ralph Beilby's General History of Quadrupeds (1790). In 1789 he engraved the Chillingham Bull, considered one of his finest blocks. He is best known for his classic illustrations of Beilby's History of British Birds (2 vol., 1797–1804).


See his memoirs (1862); biographies by R. Robinson (1887, repr. 1972) and J. Uglow (2007); studies by A. Dobson (1884, repr. 1969), R. Ruzicka (1943), G. Reynolds (1949), I. Bain (1979), and D. Gardner-Medwin, ed. (2003).

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As youngsters we used to roam the countryside, doing the same things Thomas Bewick did," said David.
An inspiring selection of Thomas Bewick's work is on show at Colwyn Bay Library, Woodland Road West, in an exhibition called An Anecdotal Eye: The Work Of Thomas Bewick.
Ian Bain, the greatest living authority, has edited Bewick's Memoirs (1975), has produced a lavishly-illustrated two-volume work entitled The Watercolours and Drawings of Thomas Bewick and His Workshop Apprentices (1981), and is at work on a long-awaited edition of his letters.
Though not as large as better-known Bewick collections--for example the Pease collection in Newcastle City Library--it is hardly surprising that the books acquired from him by the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust were extremely choice specimens.
Thomas Bewick, grew up on a small family farm in the Tyne Valley at Cherryburn, near Mickley, where he immersed himself in nature.
Thomas Bewick grew up on a small family farm in the Tyne Valley at Cherryburn, near Mickley - now run by the National Trust - where he immersed himself in nature.
Following exhibitions devoted to the late 19th century German artist Max Klinger and master of the Japanese woodcut, Hiroshige, in the last few years, it has now turned its attention to the late 18th century Northumbrian wood engraver, Thomas Bewick (1753- 1828).
An interesting companion to last year's superb survey of the work of Japanese artist Hiroshige, Tale-pieces (open now until May 25) surveys the work of another leading engraver: Thomas Bewick.
Katrina Cook, curator of the bird group at London's Natural History Museum, has gathered a collection of 130 paintings, drawings and fine prints from 700 years of ornithological art by more than 60 artists, including Audubon (of course), John Gould, Thomas Bewick, Edward Lear, Archibald Thorburn, Peter Scott, Eric Ennion and Charles Tunnicliffe.
There is an extensive, and ever expanding literature on the life and career of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), the universally acknowledged founder of the revival of wood engraving for book illustration in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The Magpies artwork will be also be a link to Northumberland-born Thomas Bewick, who is best known for his engravings in his book A History of British Birds.
NATURALIST and engraver Thomas Bewick has gone down in history as one of the Northumbrian greats.