Nature's Engraver A Life of Thomas Bewick PDF ´

Thomas Bewick wrote A History of British Birds at the end of the eighteenth century just as Britain fell in love with nature This was one of the wildlife books that marked the moment the first 'field guide' for ordinary people illustrated by woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty But it was farthan that for in the vivid vignettes scattered through the book Bewick drew the life of the country people of the North East a world already vanishing under the threat of enclosures In Nature's Engraver The life of Thomas Bewick Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer's son from Tyneside who revolutionised wood engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come It is a story of violent change radical politics lost ways of life and the beauty of the wild a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world Nature's Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award in 2007 Jenny Uglow is the author of among others A Gambling Man Charles II and the Restoration which was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize Lunar Men and In These Times 'The most perfect historian imaginable' Peter AckroydThomas Bewick wrote A History of British Birds at the end of the eighteenth century just as Britain fell in love with nature This was one of the wildlife books that marked the moment the first 'field guide' for ordinary people illustrated by woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty But it was farthan that for in the vivid vignettes scattered through the book Bewick drew the life of the country people of the North East a world already vanishing under the threat of enclosures In Nature's Engraver The life of Thomas Bewick Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer's son from Tyneside who revolutionised wood engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come It is a story of violent change radical politics lost ways of life and the beauty of the wild a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world Nature's Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award in 2007 Jenny Uglow is the author of among others A Gambling Man Charles II and the Restoration which was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize Lunar Men and In These Times 'The most perfect historian imaginable' Peter AckroydThomas Bewick wrote A History of British Birds at the end of the eighteenth century just as Britain fell in love with nature This was one of the wildlife books that marked the moment the first 'field guide' for ordinary people illustrated by woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty But it was farthan that for in the vivid vignettes scattered through the book Bewick drew the life of the country people of the North East a world already vanishing under the threat of enclosures In Nature's Engraver The life of Thomas Bewick Jenny Uglow tells the story of the farmer's son from Tyneside who revolutionised wood engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come It is a story of violent change radical politics lost ways of life and the beauty of the wild a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world Nature's Engraver won the National Arts Writers Award in 2007 Jenny Uglow is the author of among others A Gambling Man Charles II and the Restoration which was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize Lunar Men and In These Times 'The most perfect historian imaginable' Peter Ackroyd


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    Jenny Uglow's book on the life of the great Thomas Bewick is a gem At the straightforward level of biography this is wonderfully readable giving a vivid picture of a likeable and affectionate man of a radical with a clear sense of the political movements of his time and one who elevates what some might think of as a 'mere' craft into artistic genius For me much as I admire the bookplates and his great contributions to natural history in 'Quadrupeds' and 'British Birds' it is in the vignettes or tailtale pieces which his greatest genius lies here a life of observation love of nature interest in justice and the vagaries of humanity finds genuine creative expression See Thomas Bewick Tale Pieces or Vignettes But this is not just for those interested in the art of wood engraving in general and Bewick in particular in charting the life Uglow tells us so much particularly about the social background of the late 18th and early 19th centuries years of revolution in so many ways Added to which of course the book is liberally sprinkled with the master's prints which just like the book in which they appear tell us so much about his times his wit his radicalism and his humanity A lovely bookIncidentally re the critical comments on the hardback edition my hardback is fine