Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828

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Birth 1753-08-10
Death 1828-11-08

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English wood-engraver.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Newcastle, to Fenwick Bewick, 1786 Jan. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870325

Thomas Bewick was a noted English wood engraver, artist, and naturalist.

From the description of Chillingham Bull / Thomas Bewick. 1789. (Southwestern University). WorldCat record id: 233574761

Born near Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1753, Thomas Bewick was a wood engraver and ornithologist whose illustrations for History of British Birds are considered his greatest achievement. He is also known for illustrating various editions of Aesop's Fables. He carved in hard woods and used tools normally favored by metal engravers, which enhanced the fine details of his work.

From the description of Thomas Bewick papers, 1753-1828 [manuscript]. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 704927686

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), is well-known for his wood engravings, and in particular, those produced for various editions of Aesop's Fables. His unique technique involved using metal engraver's tools to carve against the grain into hard woods. An avid ornithologist, Bewick is best known for his "History of British Birds."

From the description of Thomas Bewick wood engravings circa 1780-1790 (RIT Library). WorldCat record id: 759418512

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was an English wood engraver.

From the description of Letters of Thomas Bewick, 1796-1828. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499728

Bewick, a British wood engraver, lived in London and Newcastle upon Tyne. He engraved wood blocks for "General History of Quadrupeds" (1790), "History of British Birds (1797 and 1804), and others, and left unfinished illustrations for "History of British Fishes". His work for the latter two are the subject of his letters.

From the description of Thomas Bewick collection, 1818-1826. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 61668726

The English wood engraver Thomas Bewick worked in his native county of Northumberland. He is considered the restorer of wood engraving in 18th-19th century England, and was well known for his illustrated natural history books inspired by his love of nature.

From the description of Letter : to Christian Gregson, 1803 Apr. 18. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79182448

English engraver, 1753-1828.

From the description of Fantasy in a wood-block [realia] / Thomas Bewick. 1827. (Morton Arboretum). WorldCat record id: 56091034

From the description of Young man with cane and dog [realia]. [1790-1797] (Morton Arboretum). WorldCat record id: 56091036

Thomas Bewick was a skilled and influential wood engraver, known primarily for his depictions of animals and birds. By designing as well as engraving his compositions, he raised the level of engraving from a reproductive medium to an art form; his other technical and artistic innovations inspired a generation of engravers and heightened both the aesthetic and practical levels of wood engraving. His masterwork was A History of British Birds, which also showed his skill as a naturalist. Bewick also published books in his home town, Newcastle upon Tyne.

From the description of Thomas Bewick letter and exhibition catalogue, 1818-1966. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 59716596

Bewick was an English illustrator and wood engraver.

From the description of Letter and a portrait, 1819-1829. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84884794

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), wood engraver, was born at Cherryburn House, near Eltringham, Northumberland, in August 1753. He was apprenticed to the engraver Ralph Beilby (1749-1817), with whom he subsequently entered into partnership in Newcastle. Bewick executed cuts for children's books, 1771-1774, and engraved blocks for Select fables (1784), A general history of quadrupeds (1790), History of British birds (1797 and 1804) and The Chillingham bull (1789). He died at his home in Gateshead on 8 November 1828.

From the guide to the Thomas Bewick: Correspondence, 1797-1822, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Bewick: English engraver, 1753-1828.

Clennell: English painter and engraver, 1781-1840.

Middleton: American typographer, 1898-1985.

From the description of Fisherman casting [realia]. [1797-1804] (Morton Arboretum). WorldCat record id: 56091037


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