Life and Letters of William Bewick
LIFE AND LETTERS WILLIAM BEWICK ARTIST. ELITED BP THOMAS LANDSEER, A.R.A. VOL. I. THESE records of the artktic life of William Bewickibconsist, with very little exception, of autabioyaphic and literary sketches by himself, and of his correspondence with distinguished artists and intimate fiien. He had the happi- ness to be on terms of friendly intimacy with many renowned artists and literary men dur- ing the first half of the present century and liis remains csnfain a store of anecdote William JkwicIr was born at Darlington, October 20, 1795-a fact which, so far as the date is concerned, he has forgotten to mention in the autobiographic sketches with which this work commences respecting a number of the most illustrious authors and painters of that brilliaut period. Enjoying the friendship of Haslitt, Hay don, Shelley, Keats, and others- entertained by Scott, Hogg, JeEi-ey, Maturin, and many of the most distinguished novelists, poets, and essayists of his time-he had the best opportunities of collecting incidents in illustration of the career of men of whom we ca.n never know too much. In his early life he was the pupil of Haydon, and was employed afteiwards to execute some very important commissions by Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy. He lived on intimate terms with Wilkie, the Landseers, and Gibson, the sculptor, whose friendship he enjoyed in Rome, and who, in testimony of his esteem, executed a very beautiftd bust of him. These records, though pretty full with respect to some periods of his life, still leave gaps which it would have been desirable, if possible, to fill up, but unfortunately the materials are not extant. We trust, however, that, imperfect as in some respects they doubtless are, these inemorials will be found to contain a fair portrait of one who occupied a good position as an artist, and was highly esteemed as a man by his friends of all ranks and professions.
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