Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bewick’s Nature Print

Read all about Iain Bain's Bewick Christmas cards on the Frames of Reference Blog.
"Frames of Reference was started in 2011 by Chris Hamer and Richard Wilson as an online extension of The Rowley Gallery. It was to be a place to hang words as well as pictures, where friends and relations and associates could share their enthusiasms and perhaps make new connections."

Friends of the Laing Art Gallery- Object of the Month

05 Jan - 23 Feb 13
January 2013, every Saturday, 11am – 11.30am
The World of Thomas Bewick
Location: Northern Spirit Gallery
In-gallery talk by a Friends of the Laing Art Gallery guide

February 2013, every Saturday, 11am – 11.30am
Beilby Glass
Location: Northern Spirit Gallery
In-gallery talk by a Friends of the Laing Art Gallery guide
The Friends of the Laing Art Gallery (FLAG) support the Gallery through events and fund-raising. Details on membership are available here or from the Friends desk at the Laing.

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Snowman

‘The Snowman’
transfer drawing by Robert Johnson for the tail-piece by Bewick in British Birds vol I, 1797, p.78.

Robert Johnson (1771-1796)

He seems to have started in the Bewick workshop in 1784, though he was technically too young to be apprenticed. It seems he did not like wood–engraving, much preferring drawing and copper–engraving. His mother had been a servant at Cherryburn in her younger days. His health was problematic, which led to him being sent out to draw in the open air. Bewick prized his drawings and would give him a rough sketch to work up to a coloured drawing, which would then be cut by Bewick himself or by another apprentice. He completed his apprenticeship in August, 1794 and died just over a year later in Scotland. It is appropriate to show the drawings here rather than the wood–engravings cut from them. The originals are in the collections of the British Museum.

Monday, 14 January 2013


The most recent CD releases from guitarist Michael Chapman both feature Bewick images: the peacock and the elephant.
You can read about Chapman's new music here:
"Even if you're familiar with the Yorkshire born composer, singer, guitarist and self confessed maverick troubadour Michael Chapman, this recording comes as something of a shock. The music here is unlike anything he has crafted before – he casts adrift his skills as a songwriter and focuses on improvisation." 
You can listen to a preview of Pachyderm here:
Chapman's Wikipedia page is here