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Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006
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A fascinating story told in the riveting style one has come to
expect from Jenny Uglow. Hugely enjoyable! -- Alan Titchmarsh
Jenny Uglow's exceptional biography demonstrates (the) artistic
richness and social resonance, and restores their maker to his rightful
place. -- BBC History Magazine, October 2006
Uglow's biography is as poignant, shapely and incisive as Bewick's
woodcuts. -- Hilary Spurling, Observer, 17 September 2006
A beautifully illustrated biography of the man whose wildlife illustrations shaped the way we view the natural world.See all Product description
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I can't imagine how this biography could be bettered. Excellent lively writing, extensive research, fascinating subject living in a fascinating period of history (late C18th-early C19th ). The text is accompanied by engravings and, of course, by some of Bewick's own woodcuts.
Jenny Uglow is a wonderful writer and the text is a joy but it will always be the engravings themselves that you return to again and again and having the ability to examine them really closely will give you the opportunity to discover a whole new world in the background and fine details and a whole new level of enjoyment in the book.
One thing that puzzles me ... what happened to Bewick's woodblocks, there must have been thousands of them? Are they destroyed, scattered - or in a museum collection? I know we can see the prints but I'd love to see wood cut by his hand. And his tools.
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