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Thomas Bewick Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), a British wood engraver, lived in London and Newcastle upon Tyne. He engraved wood blocks for General History of Quadrupeds (1790), History of British Birds (1797 and 1804), and many other books and publications, and left unfinished illustrations for History of British Fishes.

The collection contains a small amount of Bewick's correspondence with E. Walmsley, Thomas Ransom, and Jonathan Couch about his work, and four of Bewick's small wood engravings taken from publications.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Gift of Elmer Adler. 3 Letters to Mr. Couch purchased from James E. Drake. AM14895, 19325.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Letter from Thomas Bewick to E. Walmsley, 1818 October 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Thomas Bewick to Thomas Ransom (engraver), 1823 July 30. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

3 Letters from Thomas Bewick to Jonathan Couch, 1822-1826. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

4 Wood engravings from printed books, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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