Thomas Bewick and his pupils

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Chatto & Windus, 1899 - Wood-engravers, English - 232 pages
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Page 89 - Mightiest of all the beasts of chase, That roam in woody Caledon, Crashing the forest in his race, The Mountain Bull comes thundering on.
Page 24 - I liked my master ; I liked the business ; but to part from the country, and to leave all its beauties behind me, with which I had been all my life charmed in an extreme degree, — and in a way I cannot describe, — I can only say my heart was like to break...
Page 18 - The beasts and birds which enlivened the beautiful scenery of woods and wilds surrounding my native hamlet, furnished me with an endless supply of subjects. I now, in the estimation of my rustic neighbours, became an eminent painter, and the walls of their houses were ornamented with an abundance of my rude productions, at a very cheap rate.
Page 14 - I picked up an acquaintance of the same turn, and soon learnt to draw the alphabet with great correctness. My exercises, when at school, were more remarkable for the ornaments which adorned them, than for the exercise itself. In the former, I soon found that blockheads with better memories could much surpass me ; but for the latter I was particularly distinguished...
Page 147 - ... at all; and it may easily be seen that the thinnest strokes cut upon the plain surface will throw some light on the subject or design : and, if these strokes are made wider and deeper, it will receive more light ; and if these strokes, again, are made still wider, or of equal thickness to the black lines, the...
Page 90 - I was therefore obliged to endeavour to see one which had been conquered by his rival, and driven to seek shelter alone, in the quarryholes or in the woods; and, in order to get a good look at one of this description, I was under the necessity of creeping on my hands and knees, to leeward, and out of his sight; and I thus got my sketch or memorandum, from which I made my drawing on the wood. I was sorry my figure was made from...
Page 57 - Select Fables, in Three Parts. Part I. Fables extracted from Dodsley's. Part II. Fables with Reflections, in Prose and Verse. Part III. Fables in Verse. To which are prefixed, The Life of ^Esop ; and an Essay upon Fable. A New Edition, improved, [etc.] Newcastle: Printed by and for T.
Page 117 - You see plainly, what he meant to say, but that happy turn of expression is peculiar to himself. Mr. Walpole says, that this story is a picture of Goldsmith's whole life. Johnson has been confined for some weeks in the Isle of Sky ; we hear that he was obliged to swim over to the main land. taking hold of a cow's tail. Be that as it may, Lady Dif has promised to make a drawing of it.
Page 132 - ... received a letter from the man with whom Johnson lodged at the village of Kenmore, desiring them to send for him, as he was quite delirious, and by express the day following, they were informed of his death. That in his anxiety to complete his labour, he would sit all day in a room without a fire, a violent cold was the consequence, which, neglected, increased to a fever, " it flew to his brain, and, terrible to relate, he was bound with ropes, beat, and treated like a madman.
Page 147 - I had executed printed so as to look anything like my drawings on the blocks of wood, nor corresponding to the labour I had bestowed upon the cutting of the designs. At that time pressmen were utterly ignorant as to any proper effect that was to be produced ; or even, if one of them possessed any notions of excellence beyond the common run of workmen, his materials for working were so defective that he could not execute even what he himself wished to accomplish. The common pelt balls then in use,...

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