Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Bewick in Delaware

Works by Thomas Bewick feature in the exhibition The Pastoral Vision—British Prints, 1800 – Present.

"The Pastoral Vision—British Prints, 1800 – Present, featuring more than 20 lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts, on view May 15, 2010 – August 15, 2010. This exhibition explores British printmaking from the 19th century to the present, focusing on landscapes by artists such as James McNeil Whistler, Edward Lear, and Rachel Whiteread. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, with many pieces rarely on view, the selection will provide insights into the changing nature of prints and Britain’s pastoral beauty.

At the end of the 18th century, British land was celebrated for its agricultural production. Thomas Bewick and others recorded the flora and fauna that fostered this natural wealth. In the early 1800s, the followers of the Romantic poet and artist William Blake construed instead the biblical associations of the landscape—the “constant realization of Heaven on earth,” as Edward Calvert’s work was described."

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806.
It is open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 4:00 p.m.

More details here Delaware Art Museum website.

Illustration above: Old Westminster Bridge, 1859
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Etching on paper, 3 x 8 inches
Gift of Dr. Charles Lee Reese, 1940

Thursday, 13 May 2010

A History of British Birds


A History of British Birds is back in print. The Folio Society has published a two volume edition based on the 1848 edition.

From the Folio Society Website:

"This edition is quarter-bound in blue leather with traditional raised bands on the spine and hand-marbled paper sides, modelled after fine 18th-century bindings. The type has been reset using the 1826 edition which was the final edition printed during Bewick’s lifetime and revised by him in person."

"Reproducing the engravings called for a highly skilled and technical approach. The Folio Society consulted Iain Bain, printing historian and expert on Bewick, who recommended using the 1848 edition which he considers the best edition ever printed from the original wood blocks. Each engraving was scanned by a specialist art reprographer. Normally engravings are printed black only, but because of the tonal range of Bewick’s images, the illustrations in this edition have been printed in duotone to allow the full range of detail and shading to be seen. We believe that this is the finest reproduction yet produced."

You can read more about the edition on the Folio Society Website, click here.