Thomas Bewick and a Sense of Place – the wood engraving of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) has long been associated with Englishness, the North East and the locality of Tynedale. Bewick’s sensitivity to place was admired by Victorian writers and highlighted as key to his significance as a Romantic artist. This lecture will examine this complex history and suggest that Bewick’s engagement with place remains central to understanding his art.
Peter Quinn is an artist and lecturer. He completed a PhD at the University of Sunderland entitled Picturing Locality: Art and Regional Identity in the North East of England, 1822-1900. He is a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society and the present Chair of the Bewick Society. He’s currently working on a ‘one person’ exhibition to take place in Malta in May 2014.