By Howard Simon
Starting with 16th-century woodcuts via Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, the chronological presentation positive aspects works through Goya, Hogarth, Blake, Morris, Doré, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, and different masters. a quick textual content introduces each one part, and the amount concludes with a world roster of contemporary artists, classified through nation. All that's top and striking within the box of representation looks the following, during this immense publication of sketches, engravings, woodcuts, and lithography.
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THOMAS BEWICK 1753-1828 IT DOES NOT require more than one glance at his drawings to learn that Thomas Bewick, in childhood a sturdy farm boy, never overcame his nostalgia for the pleasant English countryside. Cherryburn House, his birthplace, lay not far from Eltringham in the heart of the Northumberland country. Bewick was one of eight children and his was the usual English childhood. He attended a nearby school, where he learned some little Latin and more than a fair amount of English, although his tongue was never to lose its broad country accent.
This new-found vitality was to prove of value later, when he drew the Land Birds and Water Birds, making his studies out of doors. But Bewick rarely drew from nature. He would go out and look at things, then return to draw them. Again and again the rural scenes among which Bewick was raised are found in his work. A farmyard plate from Land Birds shows a scene filled with living creatures, set in a landscape rendered with great fidelity, the entire plate measuring only about two by three inches.
One of the young men struck another on the head with a quart pot, cutting him severely. The blood streamed down the man’s face, whereupon Hogarth picked up a pencil and sketched the scene in a most truthful and ludicrous fashion. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he entered the Academy of St. Martin’s Lane and studied from the model, but he did not immediately draw excellent figures. His first employment was the engraving of shop bills, and next the execution of prints for the booksellers.
500 years of illustration : from Albrecht Dürer to Rockwell Kent by Howard Simon