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
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF
The aim of the Bewick Society is to promote an interest in the life and work of Thomas Bewick and related subjects, especially with regard to wood-engraving. The Society publishes a Journal called the Cherryburn Times, normally twice a year. This provides a forum for the activities of the Society and keeps members informed about the latest research into the life and work of Bewick and his apprentices. Members publish articles about their own special interests where relevant to the Society. The Society also arranges visits to special collections, some of which are not normally open to the general public. It encourages the development of facilities for conservation and display of Bewick related materials, including wood-engraving as practised by those following in Bewick's footsteps. Membership of the Society also gives free admission to the museum at Cherryburn, where Thomas Bewick was born, now in the care of the National Trust