Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Bewick Collector

Interesting post from Cambridge Library Collection Blog.

"The Revd Thomas Hugo (1820–76) was not very successful in his clerical career – he spent ten years as the perpetual curate of the chapel of All Saints within the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate in London, a positively Trollopian-sounding cure of souls. This might have been because he made no secret of his high-church views, or because he spent a lot of time in non-clerical pursuits. He was a different times a member of the British Archaeological Association, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Linnean Society, and the Royal Society of Literature, and he contributed regularly to the publications of all these learned societies. But his chief obsession was for the woodcuts of Thomas Bewick."

"Bewick died in 1828, leaving his four children well provided for and a large number of apprentices (including his younger brother and his only son) secure in their craft. Is he the greatest wood engraver ever? Certainly, in his day he was famous at all levels of society, not just – or even mostly – for his books but for the exquisite ‘jobbing’ work he produced...."
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