|1753||10 or 12 August, born at Cherryburn, Eltringham, Northumberland, eldest son of John Bewick (1715-85), farmer and tenant of land-sale colliery. Baptized Ovingham 19 August|
|1760||Brother John born at Cherryburn. Baptized 30 March|
|c1763-7||Attends school of Revd Christopher Gregson at Ovingham Parsonage|
|1767||1 October, apprenticed to Ralph Beilby (1743-1817), engraver in Newcastle upon Tyne|
|1768||Charles Hutton's Mensuration commences part publication: the first work for which Bewick engraves on wood|
|1774||Apprenticeship ends 1 October. Returns to Cherryburn for two years|
|1776||4 January, receives premium from Society for the Encouragement of Arts for
engravings for fable illustrations
June to August walks to and round Scotland.
1 October travels to seek work in London. T. Saint's Select Fables with Bewick's engravings published
|1777||22 June, returns to Newcastle. Joins Ralph Beilby in Partnership. John Bewick becomes his apprentice|
|1778||17 October, elected a member of Swarley's Club at the Black Boy Inn|
|1779||Publication of Fables by the late Mr Gay, and Tommy Trip's History of Beasts and Birds, T. Saint, Newcastle|
|1781||Takes over tenancy of Dr Hutton's house in Circus Lane at the Forth, Newcastle, in October|
|1782||18 December, joins Brotherly Society at Whitfield's Golden Lion, Newcastle. |
John Bewick's indentures cancelled after five years; he removes to London
|1784||Select Fables published by T. Saint incorporating designs from edition of 1776 and some by John Bewick|
|1785||Begins work on cutting blocks for A General History of Quadrupeds 15
November, on which day his father dies. |
Mother, Jane Wilson, dies 20 February
|1786||20 April, marries Isabella Elliot of Ovingham at St John's, Newcastle|
|1787||Eldest child Jane born 29 April. |
John Bewick commences business at Clerkenwell Green 15 October
|1788||Son Robert Elliot Bewick born 26 April|
|1789||Engraving of the Chillingham Bull for Marmaduke Tunstall of Wycliffe completed. Consett's A Tour through Sweden, Swedish-Lapland, Finland and Denmark, published with Bewick's copper engravings|
|1790||Publication of A General History of
Considers dissolving partnership with Beilby.
Daughter Isabella born 14 January
|1791||16 July, visits Wycliffe Museum for two
months to commence drawings for A History
of British Birds. |
Second edition Quadrupeds published
|1792||Third edition Quadrupeds published|
|1793||Daughter Elizabeth born 7 March|
|1795||Poems of Goldsmith and Parnell printed and
published by William Bulmer with engravings
by Thomas and John Bewick. |
Brother John dies aged 35, 5 December.
Moves to new engraving shop in south-east corner of St Nicholas's Church Yard
|1796||Somervile's Chase with engravings by Bewick
and brother John printed and published by
William Bulmer. |
Le Grand's Fabliaux published privately by Gregory Way and printed by Bulmer with engravings by Bewick, John Bewick, and Charlton Nesbit
|1797||First volume of British Birds, Land Birds,
Partnership with Ralph Beilby dissolved. Beilby continues in watch-glass and clock manufactory
|1799||Second edition Land Birds published|
|1800||Fourth edition Quadrupeds published|
|1804||Publication of first edition of the Water Birds.
Son Robert apprenticed for seven years, 26 May
|1805||Third edition Land Birds and second edition of Water Birds published|
|1807||Fifth edition Quadrupeds published|
|1809||Fourth edition of Land Birds and third edition
Water Birds published. |
His schoolmaster the Revd Christopher Gregson dies aged 71
|1811||Son Robert out of apprenticeship 26 May.
Sixth edition of Quadrupeds published
|1812||Seriously ill in April. |
Son Robert into partnership I January.
Moves to 19 West Street, Gateshead, early September.
Begins work on drawings for Fables of Aesop
|1814||Fifth edition Land Birds published|
|1815||10 March, writes short autobiographical memoir for John Chambers|
|1816||Sixth edition Land Birds and fourth edition Water Birds published|
|1817||Ralph Beilby dies 4 January, aged 74|
|1818||Fables of Aesop published. |
Elected member Society of Dilettanti of Edinburgh, 4 May
|1820||Seventh edition Quadrupeds published.
Charnley's edition of the Select Fables published
|1821||Seventh edition Land Birds and fifth edition Water Birds published|
|1822||Begins writing Memoir, November|
|1823||Visits Edinburgh and executes first and only
lithographic drawing: 'The Cadger's Trot'.
Second edition Fables of Aesop published
|1824||Eighth edition Quadrupeds published|
|1826||Wife Isabella dies I February. |
Marble bust by E. H. Bailey completed for Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle.
Eighth edition Land Birds and sixth edition Water Birds published
|1827||Visited by Audubon. |
Completes 221 pages of Memoir
|1828||Visits London for second time.|
Dies 8 November.
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