Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (2007)
An enthralling, richly illustrated biography of the artist whose miniature creations changed the way we view the world.
‘With Bewick on my knee I was then happy’
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
‘A fascinating story told in the riveting style one has come to expect from Jenny Uglow. Hugely enjoyable!’
This superbly illustrated life tells the story of the farmer’s son from Tyneside who never courted fame yet revolutionised wood engraving and influenced book illustration for a century to come. It is a story of violent change and radical politics, of Newcastle and the Tyne, workshops and family life, mines and fells, the sea and the fierce west winds — a journey into a past whose energy and power still haunt us today, and the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world.
Winner of the National Arts Writers Award in America.
ISBN 0571 22374 5