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John Bewick: Engraver on Wood, 1760-1795: An Appreciation of His Life Together with an Annotated Catalogue of His Illustrations and Designs

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The brother of England's most renowned wood engraver of the time, Thomas Bewick, is the focus of the second in a three-volume series on illustration during the 18th and 19th centuries, the other two considering the Beilby-Bewick workshop. The sketch of the engraver's 35-year life takes only 63 pages. The catalogue is arranged by sections on books, broadsides, and periodicals; newspapers, puzzles and games, book plates, handbills, and trade cards and billheads; woodcuts for ephemeral and unattributed publications;...
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New Castle / The British Library, London 2001 Hardcover First Edition. 192 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. BIOGRAPHY. When people think of Bewick, they are ... generally thinking of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) and his superlative wood engravings of animals and birds. Thomas' skill and reputation largely obscured the artistic recognition of his younger brother, John Bewick, as an accomplished wood engraver illustrating mostly children's books. Yet John Bewick was one of the earliest, if not the earliest, designer-engravers in England to make his living exclusively by illustrating books. His popularity resulted in producing illustrations and engravings for 60 books-mostly childrens books-during a tragically short working life. This is the first book written devoted to this remarkable wood engraver. It consists of two parts. The first is a biography of the artist, drawing upon largely unpublished but highly detailed and entertaining correspondence which has surfaced in the last few years. The sec Read more Show Less

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The brother of England's most renowned wood engraver of the time, Thomas Bewick, is the focus of the second in a three-volume series on illustration during the 18th and 19th centuries, the other two considering the Beilby-Bewick workshop. The sketch of the engraver's 35-year life takes only 63 pages. The catalogue is arranged by sections on books, broadsides, and periodicals; newspapers, puzzles and games, book plates, handbills, and trade cards and billheads; woodcuts for ephemeral and unattributed publications; unattributed book illustrations; and miscellaneous woodcuts. A catalog of Bewick's library is appended. Many of the woodcuts are illustrated.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781584560531
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press DE
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Illustration Sources 8
Acknowledgements 9
John Bewick: An Appreciation of His Life
Chapter 113
Chapter 219
Chapter 326
Chapter 433
Chapter 537
Chapter 643
Chapter 750
Chapter 858
Catalogue
Introduction 67
Part 1
Books, Broadsides and Periodicals 71
Part 2
Newspapers 166
Puzzles & Games 171
Bookplates 174
Handbill Illustrations 177
Trade Cards & Billheads 181
Part 3
Woodcuts for Ephemeral & Unattributed Publications 183
Part 4
Woodcuts for Unattributed Book Illustrations 193
Part 5
Miscellaneous Woodcuts 197
Appendix John Bewick's Library 203
Notes and References 207
Abbreviations 241
Primary Sources 242
Select Bibliography 244
Chronological List of Books illustrated by John Bewick 246
Index 249
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