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Thomas Bewick Engraver and Naturalist

Thomas Bewick, Engraver and Naturalist

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Speaker: Jenny Uglow

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was not only a superb artist and innovator in wood engraving, but his work for Quadrupeds (1790) and especially for his History of British Birds (1797-1804), shows that he was also an excellent naturalist, a meticulous observer of birds and animals in their habitats. Using images from his work, Jenny Uglow illustrates Bewick's growing expertise, and also places him in the fascinating network of correspondence and exchange between amateur naturalists in the late eighteenth century, gentlemanly, scholarly and artisan.

Tea will be served in the Library from 5.30pm and the lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary.