Thomas Bewick
(1755-1828)

Died aged c. 73

Thomas Bewick (c. 11 August 1753 – 8 November 1828) was an English engraver and natural history author. Early in his career he took on all kinds of work such as engraving cutlery, making the wood blocks for advertisements, and illustrating children's books. Gradually he turned to illustrating, writing and publishing his own books, gaining an adult audience for the fine illustrations in A History of Quadrupeds. His career began when he was apprenticed to engraver Ralph Beilby in Newcastle upon Tyne. He became a partner in the business and eventually took it over. Apprentices whom Bewick trained include John Anderson, Luke Clennell, and William Harvey, who in their turn became well known as painters and engravers. Bewick is best known for his A History of British Birds, which is admired today mainly for its wood engravings, especially the small, sharply observed, and often humorous vignettes known as tail-pieces; the book was the forerunner of all modern field guides. He notably illustrated editions of Aesop's Fables throughout his life. He is credited with popularising a technical innovation in the printing of illustrations using wood. He adopted metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, producing printing blocks that could be integrated with metal type, but were much more durable than traditional woodcuts. The result was high quality illustration at a low price.

DbPedia
Wikidata Wikipedia

Commemorated on 5 plaques

Peter Hughes on Flickr
Peter Hughes on Flickr
Peter Hughes on Flickr
newcastleplaques on Flickr
newcastleplaques on Flickr

Upon the site of this building stood the house wherein lived and died Thomas Bewick the wood engraver born 1753 died 1828

former Post Office, West Street, Gateshead, United Kingdom where they lived and died (1828)

Thomas Bewick 1753-1828. The artist and naturalist, celebrated for his "History of British Birds" traded as an engraver and copperplate printer in a workshop on this site from about 1790.

St. Nicholas Church Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they worked

Thomas Bewick 1753-1828 The artist wood-engraver and naturalist lived near here in his "little happy cot at the Forth" from 1781 to 1812.

Bewick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they lived near (1781-1812)

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). Wood Engraver. Had a particular talent for engraving birds.

Saville Row, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they was allegedly

Thomas Bewick engraved the Chillingham Wild Bull on wood in 1789. This large-scale representation was made in 2003 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Bewick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they lived