Thomas Bewick [facsimile siganture.]
R. Turner [stamped.] [n.d. c.1852.]
Engraving on india with small margins, scarce, printseller's association stamp, publisher's blindstamp of R. Turner Newcastle. Limited edition 150 Autograph proofs on india paper; Plate 405 x 305mm (16 x 12").
Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), the British wood-engraver. He is credited with reviving this art and establishing it as a major form of printmaking. He 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 Encouragment 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).
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