|Method||Etching, Wood engraving|
|Artist||T. A. Kidd after Kirkley and Thomas Bewick|
|Published||c.1828, c.1800, c.1830|
|Dimensions||1: Image 95 x 75 mm, Sheet 161 x 101 mm 2: Image 40 x 38 mm, Sheet 67 x 59 mm, 3: Image 63 x 80 mm, Sheet 69 x 106 mm|
Album page with two window mounted engravings. The first an etching of Thomas Bewick from The Gentlemans Magazine the second a wood engraving of his grave. To the centre is a wood engraving by Bewick of his father.
Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was a wood engraver credited with reviving this art and establishing it as a major form of printmaking. At the age of fourteen Bewick was apprenticed to Ralph Beilby, an engraver in Newcastle. Devoted to wood engraving Bewick developed the technique of cutting a design into hardwood cut across, rather than with, the grain, using a sharp tool called a bruin. In 1775, he received a payment from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for a wood engraving of the Huntsman and the Old Hound. Bewick's most important works are illustrations for books such as A General History of Quadrupeds (1790) and A History of British Birds (1797 and 1804).
Ex. Col.: William Bell Scott, Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd