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Thomas Bewick Collection


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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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.

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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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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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