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Bewick might in our day have been styled a Pre-Raphaelite, "retaining in his delineation of natural scenery a fidelity to the facts of science so rigid as to make his work at once acceptable and credible to the most sternly critical intellect." — Thomson's The Life and Works of Thomas Bewick, 100

Biographical materials

The Fables of Æsop (1818)

A History of British Birds

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Bewick, Thomas. A Memoir of Thomas Bewick Written by Himself Embellished with Numerous Wood Engravings, Designed and Engraved by the Author for a Work on British Fishes, and Never before Published. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Robert Ward and London: Longman, Green, Logman, and Roberts: 1862. Internet Archive version of a copy at the University of Toronto. Web. 20 September 2014.

Thomson, David Croal. The Life and Works of Thomas Bewick being an Account of His Career and Acivements in Art with a Notice of the Works of John Bewick. London: The Art-Journal, 1882. Smithsonian Libraries site. Web. 19 September 2014.

The purpose of the present work is to show the engraver more than the politician; the pictorial designer in place of the religious advocate; the energetic artist and graphic moralist rather than the letterpress teacher. — Preface

The Fables of Æsop, and Others , with designs on Wood by Thomas Bewick. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1885. Internet Archive version of a copy at the University of California. Web. 19 September 2014.

Yarrell, William. A History of British Birds. 4th ed. 4 vols. London: John Van Voorst, 1871. Internet Archive version of a copy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Web. 19 September 2014.

Last modified 19 September 2014