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Bewick, Thomas, (1753-1828), engraver

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Surname: Bewick
Forenames: Thomas
Gender: Male
Date: 1753-1828
History: Thomas Bewick was born at Cherryburn, Ovingham, Northumberland in 1753. In 1767 he was apprenticed in Newcastle to Ralph Beilby, silver engraver. After completing his apprenticeship he worked in London for a few months then returned to Newcastle to form the firm of Beilby and Bewick with his former master. The partnership was dissolved in 1798 and Bewick continued to work on his own account until 1812 when he withdrew from the firm, which was continued by his son, Robert, and daughter, Jane. Thomas Bewick died in 1828. In 1790 Bewick and Beilby published the General History of Quadrupeds and in 1798 the first volume of The History of British Birds. Bewick produced the second volume of The History of British Birds in 1804, and another major work, The Fables of Aesop in 1818.
Biography: ODNB link for Bewick, Thomas (1753-1828) Engraver
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P132342 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/P2463 )
Online related resources Artists' Paper Register link for Thomas Bewick Bibliography of British and Irish History link for Thomas Bewick
Number Description Held by Reference Further information
corresp and papers
National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum
NRA 13466 V & A Museum

See Bridson, Natural history MS resources, 1980
corresp and papers
Tyne and Wear Archives
NRA 24295 Bewick
18th-19th cent: further corresp
Tyne and Wear Archives
See Annual Return 1998
further corresp with his children
Tyne and Wear Archives
See Annual Return 2004
work and papers, with printing blocks
Newcastle City Library
See NEMLAC Survey of Collections, 2003
notes and papers for history of British birds
British Library, Manuscript Collections
British Library, Manuscript Collections
literary MSS
Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne
See ASLIB Directory of Literary and Historical Collections 1993
1797-1822: misc corresp
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
NRA 44020
notes and cuttings
London Library
NRA 20043 London L coll
corresp with John Dovaston
British Library, Manuscript Collections
1802-06: corresp with Sara Hodgson
British Library, Manuscript Collections
1807-27: corresp with Sir John and WC Trevelyan
British Library, Manuscript Collections
1796-1836: letters (56)
Huntington Library
See Guide to literary MSS 1979; also British L microfilm M/278
proofs, scrapbooks, letter from Jane Bewick
Laing Art Gallery
letters from Thomas Bewick
Thomas Bewick Birthplace Museum