Thomas Bewick : Graphic Worlds
written by Nigel Tattersfield
British Museum Press | ISBN 9780714126913
Paperback – 128 pages
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Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) was the foremost wood engraver not only of his generation, but of all subsequent generations, and the quality of his work has remained unsurpassed. His extraordinary woodcuts of animals and birds made him famous, and he dramatically influenced the development of the illustrated book in both England and America. The British Museum holds an unrivalled collection of Bewick’s works, including those from his commercial ventures, and this book celebrates the skill of the artist by presenting sixty engravings, some never published before, and by offering a historical perspective. Bewick made important – but even today often unrealised – contributions to the development of what we would today call graphic design. From the Victorian times onwards, his work was often separated from his commercial world and he was regarded as an artist-naturalist rather than the artist-craftsman he actually was. This book takes an original approach by addressing this balance for the first time, and places Bewick at the centre of English commercial life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Artist: Thomas Bewick