Robert Bewick (1778-1849)

[Hanged in Chains]Robert Bewick, [Hanged in Chains], c. 1826, wood engraving, 4.7 x 6.5 cm, EAG 90.42.271

Robert Bewick was the only son of Thomas Bewick and apprenticed under his father from 1804 to 1810, after which he became a partner (1812) in the firm until his father's death in 1828. Thereafter, he continued the business on his own account. He was apparently more successful as a watercolourist and as a copperplate engraver than as a wood engraver, and seems to have excelled in architectural drawing and perspective. He also did over seventy drawings for the proposed History of British Fishes, which father and son had projected for publication. His health was always delicate and he died in Newcastle in 1849.

Vignette by Robert Bewick

[Hanged in Chains],   1826

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