Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (book #57)

Jenny Uglow, 2006.

As thoughtful, dense and reaching out as Uglow usually is.

Uglow quotes Bewick in his memoirs on how the artist ought to live:

Ought if possible to have his dwelling in the country where he could follow his business undisturbed, surrounded by pleasing rural scenery & the fresh air and as ‘all work & no play, makes Jack a dull Boy,’ he ought not to sit at it, too long at a time, but to unbend his mind with some variety of employment – for which purpose, it is desireable [sic], that Artists, with their little Cots, should also each have a Garden attached in which they might find both exercise & amusement – and only occasionally visit the City or the smokey Town & that chiefly for the purpose of meetings with their Brother Artists.

Here are two of the many prints with which the book is sprinkled.

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The latter is copperplate by Bewick’s son Robert, c 1812, from Bewick’s drawing. Uglow doesn’t say, but I think this must have been an invitation card or ball-card – Bewick’s workshop did a great deal of commercial work of this kind. I like the chap on the right with his leg poised in air.

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3 Responses to “Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (book #57)”

  1. maglinty Says:

    What an idyllic life. Don’t you need to put wood engraving in your tags?

  2. cassincork Says:

    Don’t think so. Tags are just for data-collecting. I keep reading “little Cots” as “little Cats”.

  3. maglinty Says:

    You’re obsessed.

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