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Bewick, Thomas (1753–1828) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

The finest of all English practitioners of *wood engraving. He and his younger brother John (1760–95) illustrated a number of books that were read by children from the late 18th cent. onwards. At the age of fourteen Thomas was apprenticed to a Newcastle engraver, Ralph Beilby, and learnt to engrave on wood and metal. At this period the art of wood engraving had sunk to a low level in England; few engravers rose much above the standard of the crude ... ...

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