Sunday, 1 February 2009

Bewick Enthusiasms

Saturday 30th Jan 2009.
Poems, Pipes, Clocks, Swedes and Brontes.

On a cold Saturday afternoon twenty or so Bewick enthusiasts gathered in Jesmond in Room No.1 of the Meeting House of The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers.

In order of appearance we heard a reading of Bewick and Spence-inspired poetry from North East poet Keith Armstrong; a medley of pipe tunes from Robert Elliot Bewick’s collection performed by Ann Sessoms; and an account by Margaret Chard of her ongoing research into the Bewick workshop cash-books and the 200 clock-makers who were Bewick customers.

After the tea-break, Peter Quinn unearthed some twentieth century Scandinavian Bewick enthusiasts and Peter Osbourne sketched out the Bronte family’s interest in Bewick. In particular he demonstrated the widespread use of Bewick imagery and allusion in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Click on the image to go to the Flickr page where you can see more Scandinavian Bewick material.