Saturday, 26 May 2012

Bewick cards for sale

Bewick Society member Robert Jones has lots of his popular Bewick Cards still available for sale.
Favourably priced at £9 for a set of 18, postage extra.
Contact Robert at

Monday, 14 May 2012

Francis Nicholson, 18th C Lithographs Evening Talk

Francis Nicholson, 18th C Lithographs Evening Talk
Ryedale Folk Museum
Thursday 17th May
Cost per person: £6.00
Hailed by his contemporaries as the“Father of watercolour painting in this country”, Francis Nicholson’s career spanned nine decades. He witnessed the founding of the Royal Academy, the opening of the first public ‘Picture Gallery’, the founding of the National Gallery, and the Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Painters in Watercolours of which he was a founder member. He was born in Pickering, North Yorkshire in 1753 and for some fifty years painted portraits and scenes mainly in the northern counties. After moving his family to London, he became a fashionable drawing master and an early innovator in the newly discovered medium of “lithography”- the art of making prints from drawings on stone. To celebrate the bicentenary of his Presidency of the Society, a ‘Nicholson Group’ was formed in the town of his birth to recognise his achievements and to mount an exhibition of his work.
Professor Gordon Bell, Guest Curator of this exhibition at The Art Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum will give an illustrated talk about the “Father of watercolour painting in this country”, Francis Nicholson’s life. This will be followed by a guided tour of rarely seen watercolours, prints and drawings by a remarkable man and his three children and nephew, all of whom were artists
Pre-booking essential
The exhibition "F. Nicholson, Painter, Printmaker, Drawing Master" continues until 20th May

Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
YO62 6UA
Tel: 01751 417 367

Thursday, 10 May 2012

‘Men of the North’

Doctor Keith Armstrong presents:
‘Men of the North’ (part of Local History Month)
From poet John Cunningham to wood engraver Thomas Bewick, political agitator and poet Tom Spence, painter John Martin to writer Jack Common - their stories told by Dr Keith Armstrong aka The Jingling Geordie who also performs his own poems dedicated to this splendid array of local talent.
Thursday 17th May 2011  6.30-7.30pm 
Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
Admission free

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bewick in Gateshead Review

Thanks to Alan Sykes on the Northerner Blog of the Guardian for his excellent piece on Bewick in Gateshead.
"In a much quieter way, he could be as acute and as eloquent a critic of human brutality as Goya. Many of his works touch on cruelty to children or animals, and, living through the Napoleonic wars, he was an early proponent of pacifism – as he put it
"I had reasoned myself into a detestation of war, its cruelty, its horrors, and the superlative wickedness of the authors of it… It is foreign to my purpose to enlarge upon this subject: I must leave that to others; and there is an abundant scope to dilate upon, and to depicture, the horrors of war in their true colours.""
Thanks also to "Zombus" and to Martin Wainwright in the comments section.
Although one wonders as to the identity of the "Berwick Society"? Thanks Gruaniad spell-checkers.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Bewick in Gateshead Photos

Some photographs from St Mary's Heritage Centre Gateshead.
More details here


A lecture by Dr. Peter Quinn
Two hundred years ago, in 1812, Thomas Bewick and his family moved from Newcastle
to Gateshead. The engraver bought a large west-facing house with garden in Mirk Place,
later known as 19 West Street. The lecture will explore the significance of Gateshead in
Bewick’s life and work.
From his work-room in Gateshead Bewick completed his last
published works. He also welcomed many admirers, among them the American artist
John James Audubon. It was from their base in Gateshead that his daughters guarded and
shaped the Bewick legacy late into the nineteenth century.
Date and time: Friday 4 May at 11am
Venue: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
(Illustration from The Fables of Aesop, published 1818)