Thursday, 14 April 2011
Book Launch in the press
On Tuesday the 12th April the Bewick Society hosted a book launch at the Newcastle City Library for Nigel Tattersfield's "Thomas Bewick, The Complete Illustrative Work."
The book is in three volumes and is published by the British Library. See their website for further details.
The Journal's Tony Henderson quotes June Holmes of the Bewick Society: “We wanted to honour 20 years of hard work on the author’s part. Thomas Bewick is a major artist for the North East and we wanted the book to be launched here rather than in London.”
“The workshop handled everything from engraved dog collars, soup ladles and brass clocks to 200 engraved swords for the Duke of Northumberland’s militia, and the book illustrations were really the tip of the iceberg,” said Mr Tattersfield.
“Bewick was running what was really an engraving factory as Newcastle developed and the book is the first exhaustive account of the illustrations turned out by the workshop.
“It has taken 20 years but I felt it was worth the time.”
During his research, the writer discovered illustrations by Bewick for an 18th century children’s Mother Goose book, which was then reprinted.
“It was one of the most important children’s books ever produced and Bewick was commissioned to illustrate it before he was famous,” said Mr Tattersfield."