|Bewick's tool box among the collection at the Central Library|
|Town Wall pub - formerly Bewick's Print Works|
|Replica of the Chillingham Bull in the pavement outside of the pub.|
(The original was a woodblock print 27cm x 22cm)
They had organised with the archive section of Newcastle Central Library to have a selection of some of Bewick's woodblocks and first editions of some of the books they illustrated available for us to view last Sunday. It was a most amazing thing to handle these precious items and study the fine details of the engravings.
This was followed by lunch in the Town Wall pub which occupies a building formally used by the printing works run by Bewick.
|Cherryburn - The cottage where he was born|
|The fields surrounding the cottage |
- but I don't suppose they had Alpacas in his day
In the afternoon we went to his birthplace at Cherryburn, now a National Trust property displaying artefacts pertaining to his life and work, in the beautiful Tyne valley near Ovingham. The property was still in the Bewick family until about 1941 and remains very much as it was in Thomas' day. A printer was on hand to demonstrate the craft of woodblock printing and gave us one of the prints as a momento - sadly however not one of Bewick's but very nice all the same.