London: British Library, 2003,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. 160pp. British Library, New. Item #12796
This well-researched book was published in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Bewick, one of the foremost wood engravers in Britain. Eight revealing essays by leading Bewick scholars capture a wealth of untapped archival sources on Bewick and his world. The first three essays provide a new synopsis of his life and the growth of his reputation. Other essays shed new light on his character, library, colleagues, family and other hitherto neglected dimensions of his life. Another essay covers Bewick's relationship with the Beilby's, his American admirer, Alexander Anderson and the fate of his woodblocks.