Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick

Nature s Engraver A Life of Thomas Bewick A beautifully illustrated biography of Thomas Bewick the man whose art helped shape the way we view the natural worldAt the end of the eighteenth century Britain and much of the Western

  • Title: Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick
  • Author: Jenny Uglow
  • ISBN: 9780374112363
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A beautifully illustrated biography of Thomas Bewick 1753 1828 , the man whose art helped shape the way we view the natural worldAt the end of the eighteenth century, Britain, and much of the Western world, fell in love with nature Thomas Bewick s History of British Birds marked the moment, the first field guide for ordinary people, illustrated with woodcuts of astonisA beautifully illustrated biography of Thomas Bewick 1753 1828 , the man whose art helped shape the way we view the natural worldAt the end of the eighteenth century, Britain, and much of the Western world, fell in love with nature Thomas Bewick s History of British Birds marked the moment, the first field guide for ordinary people, illustrated with woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty But his work was far than a mere guide, for in the vivid vignettes scattered through the book, Bewick captured the vanishing world of rural English life.In this superb biography, Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer s son from Tyneside who 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.

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    1. This book is a joy. It is enjoyable on so many levels; not that Bewick’s life was all joy, there was plenty of sadness along the way.A brilliantly apt title. TB was literally the child of Nature. From the time he could walk and hold a pencil he was constantly drawing what he saw around him. He had little interest in anything else. A nightmare in the schoolroom until one inspired schoolmaster found that the best way to deal with him was to encourage him to do what he had an aptitude for – dra [...]

    2. Thomas Bewick perfected a method of engraving with the harder end-grain of wood blocks rather than using standard techniques. As a result, he was able to produce smaller, more detailed, finely crafted prints. Bewick had a special affinity for natural history, particularly for birds. I selected this book because I was curious to learn more about Bewick's life and techniques due to the influence his engravings had on the development of natural history. What I discovered upon reading the text was t [...]

    3. Beautiful, lucid writing and uncluttered research. It seems to me only British writers manage that combination of erudition, grace, and scholarship that she does. Bewick strides across these pages a living personage and a great artist: his town, his countryside, his family, his politics all rendered vividly.

    4. This is a charming biography of the engraver responsible for the Birds of Britain. (Remember Jane Eyre clutching Bewick's Birds? The Bronte sisters sketched from the book. Wordsworth was another fan.) He was a gentle (if temperamental) working man/naturalist who single-handedly revived the art of wood engraving. enpedia/wiki/Thomas_BI'll admit my attention flagged toward the end, where the natural progression of the chapters -- from chronology to topic -- required jumping around. I'd be reading [...]

    5. I've been reading this lovely book since Christmas, dipping in and enjoying the biography and the exquisite illustrations. It left me wanting to know more about Thomas Bewick and his work. It taught me that the Bewick swan is named after him and that the Northumbrian Pipes are a 'delicate instrument.' One thing I wished Uglow had made more of was the technical aspect of Bewick's workI realise this is not a 'how to' manual but I was intrigued by the dellicacy and detail of his work but it will pr [...]

    6. A minor historical work, perhaps, but one of my very favourites. It's a sheer delight both to read and to look at - Bewick's vignettes are incomparable. The biography makes a very 'ordinary' and uneventful life, in its local and historical setting, fascinating. And I love the way that the vignettes are always at the forefront on the text. This is the best kind of popular historical writing.

    7. This is a lovely book to look at because of the faithfully reproduced Bewick wood engravings. Uglow does a fine job of portraying an artist whose life events were not extraordinary but who saw and loved the extraordinary in ordinary things. Bewick had a long full life peopled by friends and family who loved him. It was nice, for a change, to read about an artist without all the usual anguish.

    8. This book is amazing. So incredibly well-written and so interesting. It is a biography of Thomas Bewick who was an engraver in England in the 1700s.

    9. This is a thorough and extremely interesting biography of a man who had a profound influence as both an artist and a naturalist. Not only is the text wonderfully clear and detailed, but the book is lavishly illustrated with Bewick's own woodcuts. The art alone is well worth grabbing a copy. Uglow understands both the man and his time, enabling her to present his life in the context that made it so remarkable. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in the art of woodcutting, as well as t [...]

    10. Jenny Uglow wrote the excellent The Lunar Men, about the Lunar Society that included Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and Matthew Boulton. Nature's Engraver is a biography of the wood engraver Thomas Bewick who, born in 1753, was just about contemporary with those men. He worked in Newcastle at a time when it was just starting to turn from a small provincial town into a major industrial city, but his subject matter is overwhelmingly rural. His masterpiece was his History of Brit [...]

    11. I had trouble finding this biography interesting. Whenever a topic I felt was important came up, it was discussed for two to three paragraphs; this was followed by an entire chapter on mundane details of Thomas Bewick's life. I do admit, it was nice to hear of daily life in late 18th c. Newcastle. Bewick's walking tours were also great. But when the actual style and craft inherent in the woodcuts Bewick is famous for creating was breached, it was a cursory mention. As if that aspect of the book [...]

    12. I liked it so much I had to buy a copy for myself. Thomas Bewick's little woodcut prints of birds, animals, and country scenes turn up in all sorts of places; unless you recognize his work you may not notice them. I have loved them for many years, and I was so glad to discover through this biography the man who engraved them 200 years ago.

    13. My first book by Jenny Uglow, who I found to be a disappointing author, given that she's a celebrated editor and writer. Bewick's life and art are fascinating; however, I found this biography dull and confusing.

    14. Uglow turns out another beautifully written biography, and in doing so,illuminates both the man, Thomas Bewick, and the age in which he lived.

    15. A hugely fascinating subject but quite dense and felt a bit at times as though I was reading an in depth textbook.

    16. Story of life in 18th century north of England and the artist who captured so much of it in his engravings. The writing is as wonderful as the illustrations. Highly recommended.

    17. As usual Jenny Uglow complements a comprehensive biography with a convincing recreation of the period setting the subject not only in time but in place.

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