Nature s Engraver

In this superbly illustrated biography, Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer's son from Tyneside who revolutionised wood-engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come.

Nature s Engraver

Thomas Bewick wrote A History of British Birds at the end of the eighteenth century, just as Britain fell in love with nature. This was one of the wildlife books that marked the moment, the first 'field-guide' for ordinary people, illustrated by woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty. But it was far more than that, for in the vivid vignettes scattered through the book Bewick drew the life of the country people of the North East - a world already vanishing under the threat of enclosures. In this superbly illustrated biography, Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer's son from Tyneside who revolutionised wood-engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come. It is a story of violent change, radical politics, lost ways of life and the beauty of the wild - a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world. Nature's Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award in 2007. Jenny Uglow is the author of, among others, A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize, Lunar Men and In These Times. 'The most perfect historian imaginable' Peter Ackroyd

History and Material Culture

Uglow, Nature 's Engraver, pp. 42-3, 52-3. Rush, Ingenious Beilbys, pp. 60-8.
See, for example, http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.j sp?lot_id=
159361284, accessed 27 October 2008. Perhaps this is because historians'
traditional ...

History and Material Culture

Harvey opens up the discussion on sources to those beyond the 'traditional' textual ones, and into the material realm. Through 12 chapters different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the world and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history.

The Journal and Transactions of the Photographic Society of Great Britain

I am of opinion that “ Nacannot perceive it ; and many people would ture ' s
Engraving " has been treated somewhat scarcely believe that such perfect and
minute harshly — not by the public , but by certain perrepresentation of nature
can be ...

The Journal and Transactions of the Photographic Society of Great Britain


Animals Drawn from Nature and Engraved in Aqua tinta

... the measurements were three feet fix inches from the nose to the rump , and
two feet two inches from the shoulder downward . The hair of the Angora Goat
exceeds in beauty that of every other animal ; the silverv locks formed by Nature '
s ...

Animals Drawn from Nature and Engraved in Aqua tinta

Being universally esteemed king of the forest, deserves a pre-eminence of station: we therefore introduce him first to notice. The Lion is classed by the Naturalists in the Cat Tribe; ’tis an animal, of all others the most majestic and stately; with a large head, the upper part of which, with the chin, the whole of the neck and shoulders, are clothed with a long shaggy hair, resembling a mane; the hair of the body and limbs is short and smooth, but long on the bottom part of the belly; a long tail, which appears of equal thickness by reason of the increasing length of hair towards the end, where it terminates in a large black tuft: the colour is tawny, or dirty brown; the belly part inclines to white. The limbs of this animal are of vast strength, and need only be seen to convince of their force. The country where they most abound is Africa, the most wild and desert parts: they also are found in parts of Asia, but the former appears most congenial to the Lion’s constitution, those of that country being much larger (having been known 5 feet high, and 10 feet long), and more fierce than of any other place; the fiery rays of a torrid climate imparting a feverish heat, which animates them with an invincible courage. The smell of the Lion is not so perfect as in many other animals, but his method of roaring supplies this defect; for, according to all report, when he roars, he puts his mouth to the ground, thus the sound is universally diffused, and not coming stronger from one place than another, the terrified animals, in their haste to escape, frequently run to the very spot they mean most to avoid; which, by a kind of bounding, he quickly secures, striking it with great force with his paw: he sometimes invades the flocks, and, with ease, will carry off a tolerable sized ox; he frequently lies couchant, as expressed by Shakespeare, “with cat-like watch,” and springs upon his prey by surprise; which if he chances to miss, in a kind of shamefaced manner, he measures back the distance, step by step, as if to see in which he erred;—too much or too little. This animal will sustain hunger for many days, but requires a more frequent supply of drink, which it laps like a cat, and at every opportunity.

The Ecologist

For a country worried about France , and scared of loss of freedoms , Bewick ' s
engravings had personality , resonance and stability in a time of great change .
Bewick showed that you don ' t always need words to be a natural historian ...

The Ecologist


America the Picturesque in Nineteenth Century Engraving

Artist : W . H . Bartlett ; engraver : R . Brandard ; steel engraving ; 4 - 3 / 4 * 6 - 15 /
16 in . ; AS I . Willis writes , “ The Horse - shoe Fall , as a single object , . . . is
unquestionably the sublimest thing in nature . ” This is just what Thomas
Jefferson ...

America the Picturesque in Nineteenth Century Engraving


The Shakspeare gallery containing the principal female characters in the plays engraved from drawings by the first artists under the direction of C Heath

Tis beauty truly blent , whose red and white Nature ' s own sweet and cunning
hand laid on : Lady , you are the cruell ' st she alive , If you will lead these graces
to the grave , ' And leave the world no copy . Oli . O , Sir , I will not be so hard ...

The Shakspeare gallery  containing the principal female characters in the plays  engraved  from drawings by the first artists  under the direction of C  Heath


American Book Publishing Record

95 Murder among the O . W . L . S ( Crider ) FIC Murder in Steeple Martin (
Cookman ) FIC Music engraving today . 780 . ... 7 Nature cure . 508 . 42092 The
nature of light . 535 The nature of mathematics . 510 Nature ' s engraver . 769 .

American Book Publishing Record


The Natural History and Scientific Book Circular

The Natural History of Plants , by H . bal or Popular Account of the Natures and
Proper Baillon , President of the Linnæan ... by Marcus M . Hartog , super royal
8vo , and the Arts , the Plants drawn from nature by I vol , with 503 wood
engravings ...

The Natural History and Scientific Book Circular


The Process Engraver s Monthly

... nearest approach we find in Nature to a horizontal straight line , it is the most
restful line we can find , and the instinct which includes water in most of the “
eventide " pictures is perfectly correct ; a recognition of part of Nature ' s
symbolism .

The Process Engraver s Monthly