An Album of Bewick Vignettes or ‘Tale-Pieces’ presented to Richard Arkwright.

An Album of Bewick Vignettes or ‘Tale-Pieces’ presented to Richard Arkwright.
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n.p.: [circa 1824]. Square 12mo. (145 x 110 mm), ll. 24 unnumbered, 8 with proof printings of woodcut vignettes bound in landscape format. Contemporary straight-grained blue morocco, with gilt roll border and emblematic tools (an angler’s basket and a fish) in corners and at the center, gilt dentelles, a.e.g. Ink gift inscription on the first plate by “Thomas Bewick to Mr. Arkwright, 7 Aug. 1824,” in ink. Bookplate of Arkwright of Sutton Scarsdale to front pastedown. A very good copy. A unique album of woodcut vignettes by Thomas Bewick, all with a pastoral or fishing theme, presented by Bewick to Richard Arkwright. Included are, ‘elderly gentleman angler on horseback,’ ‘angler disturbed while fishing when his dog barks at a bull,’ ‘heron catches an eel,’ ‘cows in the water,’ two images of fish: a ‘John Dory’ and a ‘Brandling,’ ‘a well-dressed man rides a grey horse leading a train of five other horses,’ and ‘a sow yoked with sticks watches as nine of her piglets run through an open gate.’ Most were intended for the abandoned History of British Fishes and were attributed to Bewick’s later phase by Iain Bain. Bewick is best known for his wood engravings, especially for the miniature, precise, and often humorous vignettes referred to by him as “tale-pieces.” (Item Id: 108622)

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