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Nature's Engraver

by Jenny Uglow

Nature's Engraver Synopsis

Thomas Bewick's (1753-1828) History of British Birds was the first field guide of its kind for ordinary people, illustrated with woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty. In Nature's Engraver , Jenny Uglow tells the story of Bewick - the farmer's son from Tyneside who became one of Britain's greatest and most popular engravers. It is a story of violent change, radical politics, lost ways of life, and the beauty of the wild - a journey to the beginning of our lasting obsession with the natural world.

Nature's Engraver Press Reviews

Uglow's clear prose sparkles like Bewick's River Tyne. - Los Angeles Times This is a lovely book, not just in the quality and sympathy of the writing but in the care of its design and illustration. Uglow has turned a rich but undramatic life into a vignette as full of interest and details as one of Bewick's own woodcuts. - Sunday Telegraph A splendid biography. But it becomes an endearing one by the scattered presence of so many of Bewick's woodcuts. - Washington Post Another triumph for England's most innovative biographer, and a marvelous treat for fans of Bewick's beguiling work. - Kirkus Reviews A refined and engaging biography, as beautifully wrought, in its way, as Bewick's woodcuts. - New York Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226823911
Publication date: 2nd June 2009
Author: Jenny Uglow
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 480 pages
Categories: Biography: arts & entertainment, History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, Individual artists, art monographs, Animals & nature in art (still life, landscapes & seascapes, etc), Prints & printmaking,

About Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow is an editor at Chatto & Windus. Her books include Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories; The Lunar Men, winner of the PEN International prize for history; and Hogarth: A Life and a World.

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