Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Bewick in Southern Illinois

The Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has recently acquired a portfolio of Bewick engravings oublished in 1970 by the Cherryburn press.
You can read about the edition and its display on the Center's blog "Raiders of the Lost Archives" here.

"The Cherryburn Press edition of Bewick prints recently acquired by SCRC contains a selection of 100 Bewick wood engravings, printed from the original blocks in 1970. Although Bewick carved the blocks in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, this edition shows even and detailed impressions, demonstrating the longevity of engravings on end grain wood. By contrast, traditional woodcuts tend to warp and lose detail over time. The blocks used for this edition are housed in the Newberry Library in Chicago."

 Two prints from the portfolio are currently on display in the Morris Library as part of the exhibit “Bringing Light Out of Darkness: A History of Woodblock Printing.”

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