Tale Pieces: the fragmentary world of Thomas Bewick’s miniature illustrations, talk by artist Peter Quinn
Members of South Shields Local History Group are welcoming Peter Quinn to their meeting on Monday February 15th to give his talk ‘Tale Pieces: the fragmentary world of Thomas Bewick’s miniature illustrations’.
Peter Quinn is an artist, a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and a lecturer with a special interest in the art of the North East of England. Born in Dumfries, he went to art school in Glasgow. He is also the current Chair of the Bewick Society. The aim of the Society is to promote an interest in the life and work of Thomas Bewick and related subjects, especially with regard to wood-engraving.
Following Peter’s visit to our group in 2014, when he gave a fascinating insight into the life and works of Thomas Bewick, we have invited him back to tell us more about the scenes of rural and everyday life found in Bewick’s books at the end of each chapter, at the foot of the page. These tail-pieces or "tale-pieces" have long been popular. Some of these scenes illustrate the text but many do not. Some are humorous, some moral others are simply puzzling. They are the great invention of Thomas Bewick, the Newcastle wood engraver, Romantic artist and author of a unique memoir of his time.
The meeting will be held downstairs in the Central Library theatre, from 5pm to 6.45pm and visitors are welcome with a charge of £1.