C1807

The Bull-Dog

Miniature wood engraving by the famous artist and engraver, Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) of a an early Bull Dog type. The first reference to the word “Bulldog” is dated 1631 or 1632 in a letter by a man named Preswick Eaton … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Bull-Dog

Date:

C1807

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Wood engraving

Image Size: 

72mm 
x 40mm

Paper Size: 

130mm 
x 62mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Bull-Dog - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

Miniature wood engraving by the famous artist and engraver, Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) of a an early Bull Dog type.

The first reference to the word “Bulldog” is dated 1631 or 1632 in a letter by a man named Preswick Eaton where he writes: “procuer mee two good Bulldogs, and let them be sent by ye first shipp“. The word “bull” was applied because of the dog’s use in the sport of bull-baiting.

References: Ferguson,  439a

From Bewick, A History of Quadrupeds.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1778546
State Library New South Wales: Reference code (AuSN)b21690418-61slnsw_inst
State Library Victoria: RARES 599 B39

 

Thomas Bewick (1753 - 1828)

Thomas Bewick ( 1753 - 1828) Thomas Bewick, wood engraver, artist and naturalist, born at Cherryburn House, Ovingham, Northumberland. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to Ralph Beilby, the owner of an engraving business in Newcastle upon Tyne where was instructed in all the skills necessary to excel in the engraving business,. Beilby soon recognised Bewick's talent for woodcut engraving. He was set to work on a number of book illustrations, including children’s books such as Tommy Trip’s History of Beasts and Birds, Fables by the late Mr Gay and Select Fables for Thomas Saint, a Newcastle printer. Bewick's wood engravings were pioneering in their day because unlike the wood cuts used by his predecessors, which were carved against the grain, he used the end grain of hard box wood. This allowed him to use fine tools normally the same as those used by metal engravers. One of Bewick's wood blocks Boxwood cut across the end-grain is hard enough for fine engraving, allowing greater detail than in a wood cut.

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